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Phineas Gage Event

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 6:00PM

Reception begins at 5:30pm

On the evening of June 23rd the Center for the History of Medicine will host a set of lectures on the ever-evolving case of Phineas Gage, highlighting new investigations and revisiting important past scholarship. The event is free and open to the public.


“Phineas Among the Phrenologists: The American Crowbar Case and Nineteenth-Century Theories of Cerebral Localization”

Frederick Barker, MD: Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Neurosurgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital

“The Odd Fame of Phineas Gage: How Phineas Got His Groove Back, and Why Getting Gage Right Matters”

Matthew L. Lena: Independent scholar


The evening will also include remarks by Center for the History of Medicine Director Scott Podolsky and Warren Anatomical Museum Curator Dominic Hall. The program will last an hour and fifteen minutes and will conclude with a panel of questions and answers. Refreshments will be served.


Minot Room, fifth floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck St., Boston MA 02115

Registration is required. To register, use our online registration form or email us at