History: How this man and a wayward crowbar changed the face of neuroscience forever
This bizarre story from the annals of medical history has 'occupational health and safety lawsuit' written all over it.
A foreman for the American railroad in 1848, Phineas Gage’s bad workday would see him become a worldwide clinical curiosity and one of neuroscience’s most famous patients.
Gage was compacting explosive powder into a hole with a tamping iron when it inadvertently ignited, and the 25-year-old took the metre-long, 6kg crowbar right in the face.
It rocketed up into his left cheek, tore through his brain and exited the back of his