Modern technology provides a fresh perspective on the most famous case study in the history of neuroscience.
Phineas Gage is arguably the most famous neuroscience case in history. A railroad worker in the mid-19th century, he survived an accident when an iron tamping rod, propelled by exploding blasting powder shot back and ran all the way through his skull. Following his recovery, he exhibited a personality change and other alterations. His survival and his recovery has been studied by neurologists for over 150 years, and now with the benefit of modern technology, scientists can look at exactly how his brain rewired itself after the accident.