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J Hist Neurosci. 2006 Sep;15(3):245-9.

A possible account of synaesthesia dating from the seventeenth century.

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Cognitive Function Clinic, Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool, United Kingdom. a.larner@thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk

Abstract

An account of a blind man able to detect colors by touch, dating from the mid-seventeenth century, is presented. The details come to us through the physician John Finch, the scientist Robert Boyle, and the author Jonathan Swift. The details in the account suggest the possibility that this may be an early report of colored-touch synaesthesia.

PMID:
16887762
DOI:
10.1080/09647040500388661
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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