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A Rail Road labourer, Phineas Gage (1823–1860) surviv­ed an accident in 1848 in which a long iron rod was blasted by explosive through his bonce, destroy­ing his brain’s left frontal lobe.  He thus became inadvertently the first recipient of the sort of lobotomies and leucotomies so widely beloved of 1950's psychiatrists. The injury transformed and brutalised his personal­i­ty so profoundly that former friends saw him as “no longer Gage.” It had made a mild-mannered man into a thug.

A Rail Road labourer, Phineas Gage (1823–1860) surviv­ed an accident in 1848 in which a long iron rod was blasted by explosive through his bonce, destroy­ing his brain’s left frontal lobe. He thus became inadvertently the first recipient of the sort of lobotomies and leucotomies so widely beloved of 1950's psychiatrists. The injury transformed and brutalised his personal­i­ty so profoundly that former friends saw him as “no longer Gage.” It had made a mild-mannered man into a thug.

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