Joel Salinas

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(Salinas, Joel, M.D.) Joel Salinas was born in Miami, Florida, in 1983. After studying biology and sociology at Cornell University, he completed his medical degree at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine followed by neurology residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Salinas is an Instructor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He chronicles his experiences as a doctor living with synesthesia in his new book, Mirror Touch: Notes from a Doctor Who Can Feel Your Pain (HarperOne). Challenging our understanding of what it means to be human, Joel Salinas, shares his experiences with mirror-touch synesthesia, a rare and only recently identified neurological trait that causes him to feel the emotional and physical experiences of other people. Beautifully written with intelligence and compassion and anchored by the latest developments in neurology, psychology and psychiatry, Mirror Touch is an enthralling and original investigation into the unexplored corners of the brain, where the foundation of human experience and relationships take root—everything it means to think, to feel, and to be.