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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Only Living Man With a Hole in His Head by Todd Colby Pliss

Recently, Todd Colby Pliss' novel, The Only Living Man With a Hole in His Head, released. It is the story of Phineas Gage. I can't wait to read it! Beyond that, I asked Mr. Pliss the following question...

What would you like people to know about Phineas Gage?

Phineas was a hard working, well liked railroad foreman before the accident. This was in an era when many of the ones not well-regarded were lynched. He was aware of changes in him due to the accident and as much as he knew he “wasn't right in the mind” after his injury, he simply couldn't control his actions and behavior. He wanted his injury to benefit other people and for this reason, agreed to Dr. Harlow's request that he be examined by the medical community. He would be amazed that people are still referring to him today.

Book Information

Summary: One man. One Tamping Iron. One medical marvel.

Based on a true story, “The Only Living Man With A Hole in His Head” tells the tale of railroad foreman Phineas Gage, whom in 1848, had a three-foot long, inch-and-a-half in diameter, thirteen pound iron rod blast though his skull, taking out part of his brain, and the doctor who treated him and valiantly fought the medical establishment to prove the authenticity and merit of the case as Phineas Gage entered a journey into changed personality, the P.T. Barnum freak show and driving stage coaches in South America. It ended with medical science forever changed.

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