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January 10, 2001

Brain InjuryAn Odd Kind of Fame: Stories of Phineas Gage

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Malcolm Macmillan, 562 pp, with illus, $39.95, ISBN 0-262-13363-6, Cambridge, Mass, MIT Press, 2000.

JAMA. 2001;285(2):215-216. doi:10.1001/jama.285.2.215

Muhammad Ali is the most famous brain-injured person of the 20th century and Phineas Gage the most famous of the 19th. Ali sustained his brain damage, resulting in posttraumatic Parkinson disease, from one of the greatest boxing careers of all time, with 61 professional bouts, 56 wins, and only one loss by knockout. Tragically, for his brain, there were only losses. Gage's injury was as spectacular as Ali's career.

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