Annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk

September 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cavendish Historical Society Museum
1958 Main St
Cavendish, VT 05142

Phineas Gage’s traumatic injury

At 2 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 8, the Cavendish Historical Society hosts the annual Phineas Gage Walk & Talk at the CHS Museum at 1958 Main St. in Cavendish. The program commemorates when Phineas Gage, a railroad foreman sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), when a tamping rod went through his head during a blasting accident on Sept. 13, 1848.

Many know the story of Phineas Gage’s injury during the blasting accident. They may even know of Dr. John Martyn Harlow, the Cavendish physician who treated him and followed his recovery, thereby documenting the first case of TBI in the medical literature. Who many are unaware of is the doctor who trained Harlow at a time when few doctors washed their hands, bled patients and had little understanding of the brain.

The program begins at the Museum and includes a demonstration of how Gage’s brain was injured. The walk follows the presentation and includes the location of the accident, Dr. Harlow’s home/surgery, and the boarding house where Gage was taken after his injury. The site of the accident of the accident is approximately 3/4 of a mile from the Museum and is mainly on black top.

This program is free and open to the public.

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