** Touch by David Linden

Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind is a little awkward at times, and at times gets into scientific details that I could not quite grasp — but it does a great job of showcasing how amazingly intricate our sense of touch is. Who knew that our skin has four different touch receptors to be able to handle both shallow and deep signals, and signals that are brief of persistent. Thank you, Merkel disks (nothing to do with Angela) that allow us to appreciate the texture of objects! And of course when the author starts discussing patients whose sense of touch is not quite right, it gets even more intriguing.

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