“Disfigured Yet Still Handsome”: The Fantastic Phineas P. Gage

…the patient bore his sufferings with the most heroic firmness. He recognized me at once, and said he hoped he was not much hurt. He seemed to be perfectly conscious, but was getting exhausted from the hemorrhage. His person, and the bed on which he was laid, were literally one gore of blood.
–Dr. John Martyn Harlow

On September 13, 1848, railroad construction foreman Phineas P. Gage had a large iron rod shoved completely through his head in a freak accident.

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