In this “rich, fascinating portrait of extraordinary sensory awareness” (Kirkus), acclaimed neurologist Joel Salinas, M.D., tells his amazing true story of living and practicing medicine with mirror-touch synesthesia, a rare neurological trait that allows him to literally feel the emotional and physical experiences of other people. From the corridors of Massachusetts General to his personal life, Salinas offers readers remarkable insights about his trait, its gifts, and its often unforgiving complications, and teaches us how our brain, in all its wonder, continues to offer limitless possibilities for compassion and human potential.
Beautifully written and wholly original, Mirror Touch is a moving account of an exceptional mind that challenges our understanding of what it means to be human—everything it means to think, to feel, and to be.
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About the Author
JOEL SALINAS is a Harvard-trained clinical researcher and neurologist at Massachusetts General, where he specializes in brain health, social epidemiology, neuropsychiatry, and cognitive behavioral neurology. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Sensorium 1
Chapter 1 Where I End and You Begin 15
Chapter 2 Purple White Carrot Montana Dust 43
Chapter 3 A Piñata Full of Tricks 70
Chapter 4 Like Lazarus 111
Chapter 5 The Mind Has Mountains 149
Chapter 6 A Blessing or a Curse? 181
Chapter 7 Holding Up a Sign 209
Chapter 8 A Running Start 251
Chapter 9 The Visions of Anekantavada 281
About the Author 307