Doctor can feel the pain of his patients. Salinas, a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, has mirror-touch synesthesia, a neurological trait that affects two out of 100 people. It causes him to feel the emotional and physical sensations of others.

Doctor who feels patients' pain. Neurologist Dr. Joel Salinas joins The Doctors to discuss the fascinating condition of mirror-touch synesthesia, which causes some individuals to experience the same sensation that another person feels.


Mirror Touch: Rare condition means Dr. Joel Salinas feels what others feel. Dr. Joel Salinas is a doctor of neurology at Harvard with a rare neurological trait. When he tells patients he can feel their pain, he means it.

Joel Salinas, médico de origen nicaragüense, estudió medicina en la Universidad de Harvard y padece una patología llamada "sinestesia", la cual hace que cualquier dolor de una persona que esté al frente suyo pueda sentirla como en un efecto espejo.

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