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Phineas Gage by John Fleischman
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Nov 03, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: history-biography, science

This thorough book, for ages 10 and up, offers a glimpse into the life of the famous subject as well as great science info on the brain, a bit of science history, and a bit of investigation into some of the mysteries surrounding Phineas Gage after his injury. The format is very easy to follow, and there are great supporting photographs and diagrams. The author avoided turning the story into a science textbook and instead manages to adopt an interesting story-telling style when necessary to keep us engaged. The modern science techniques detailed confirm just how "lucky" Gage was to survive, and what his injury taught the medical world about the human brain.
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message 1: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I appreciate that you read this book and gave me a good sense about how it was written and what it was about. When this book was presented as an option to read, I must say that I stayed away from it completely because of the cover and topic. I find it interesting that you mentioned how the book was easy to follow and was well supported by the pictures and diagrams. I am surprised that I am not actually curious and would like to take a look at the book to see what it is really like. I would be most interested to read what was learned from the experience in the medical field.

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