Move Over Phineas Gage


Eduardo Leite a 24 year old Brazilian construction walked away from a construction site accident in which a 6-foot metal rod fell from a height, piercing his hard hat, entering his skull at the rear and exiting between his eyes. According to reports, Leite remained awake and lucid throughout his ordeal and could not point to any deficits from the event. Phineas Gage, on the other hand, experienced significant personality and behavior changes following his similar accident. Previously a mild-mannered, hard working man,  Gage became argumentative, prone to fighting and suffering from mood swings. The skull of Phineas Gage still resides at the Harvard University School of Medicine.

Neuropsychologists are speculating that Leite is yet to experience personality changes.

Taglines: Eduardo Leite, Phineas Gage, brain injury


About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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