Pierced Through the Head
This is a case that sparked much debate about the relationship of the mind and the brain and the brain’s role in personality. Before the incident, Gage was a capable and efficient foreman. Following his recovery, he moved through various jobs unsuccessfully and became a “fitful” and “impatient” man. He eventually experienced severe seizures that led to his death in 1860, and his skull and the tamping iron were sent to his family doctor, John Martyn Harlow, in Massachusetts. The skull, Gage’s head cast, and the tamping iron are now on display at the Warren Museum Exhibition Gallery at the Countway Library of Medicine.