Mirror Touch: A Memoir of Synesthesia and the Secret Life of the Brain

Mirror Touch: A Memoir of Synesthesia and the Secret Life of the Brain

by Joel Salinas M.D.


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062458612
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 165,551
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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

Acknowledgments 305

About the Author 307

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