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Losing Touch: A man without his body

Jonathan Cole


Ian Waterman lost touch and movement/position sense (proprioception) below the neck over 40 years ago, though pain and temperature perception and his peripheral movement nerves were unaffected. Without proprioceptive feedback he was completely unable to move and felt both disembodied and frightened. Then, slowly, he taught himself to dress, eat, and walk by thinking about each movement and with visual supervision. Through his experiences we can better understand proprioception. The narrative moves between biography and the scientific research he has been involved in. He has been married three ... More

Keywords: touch, proprioception, movement, biography, neuroscience, gesture, affective touch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198778875
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778875.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Cole, author
Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Poole Hospital