This review is one of my favourites from my nthposition days. The book itself is a salutary reminder of how the story of cience, too, is full of legends and just-so stories. And in the years since I wrote this, the rise of the TED talk and viral video and clickbait Easy Answer To All questions renders Macdonald’s work near prophetic
I ended up having some correspondence with Macmillan subsequently – specifically about the lyrics to the Slackdaddy song (although I don’t think he like the word “primly”) His book is availble here. I think this book marked a point where I began to exhibit a certain reserve and scepticism about similarly pat, anecdotal stories.
I find that Jackson Beatty’s book seems to be rather obscure – one of the textbooks from my medical education that was perhaps less directly helpful in getting me through exams but did help provide a good quote illustrating the Official Version of Gage’s story.
Review of “An Odd KinD of Fame: Stories of Phineas Gage” by Malcolm Macmillan
At 4.30pm on 13 September 1848, the foreman…
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