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J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 71:136 doi:10.1136/jnnp.71.1.136c
  • Book review

An odd kind of fame. Stories of Phineas Gage

An odd kind of fame. Stories of Phineas Gage. Edited by malcolm macmillan (Pp 552, £24.95). Published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 2000. ISBN 0 262 13363 6.

A brief description of the contents of this book, which is 562 pages long and deals purely with the case of Phineas Gage, would lead most potential readers to throw up their hands in horror and to assume that the book must be extremely repetitive and boring. Nothing could be further from the truth. Malcolm Macmillan's approach in this book has similarities to James Joyce's concept when writing Ulysses. Joyce thought that all of life's experiences could be encapsulated in the description of 1 day in the life of his Dublin characters. Malcolm Macmillan's unstated thesis …