John Merrick, aka "The Elephant Man," had a terrifying appearance accompanied by an utterly fascinating life.

Joseph Merrick, a century sideshow performer, who became known as the Elephant Man, was the victim of a congenital disorder, which caused abnormal growths to occur all over his body

Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890) was an English man with severe deformities who was exhibited as a human curiosity named the Elephant Man. Merrick began to develop abnormally during the first few years of his life. His skin appeared thick & lumpy, he developed an enlargement of his lips, & a bony lump grew on his forehead. One of his arms & both feet became enlarged. Merrick died on 11 April 1890, aged 27 of asphyxiation.

Joseph Merrick photographed, c. Joseph Carey Merrick – sometimes incorrectly referred to as John Merrick, was an English man with severe deformities who was exhibited as a human curiosity named the Elephant Man.

Unlocking the secrets of the 'Elephant Man'

The secrets of the Elephant Man

Joseph Merrick photographed (left), and his skull. Also known as the Elephant Man

There can be no doubt that the Victorian freak shows were one of the creepiest aspects of society at the time.

Elephant Man Joseph Carey Merrick August 1862 – 11 April There are many speculations as to the cause of his condition but thus far it has remained inconclusive and for now still a mystery.

Burlington biotech ArQule’s drug is in first-ever trials for ‘Elephant Man disease’ - Boston Business Journal 2016

Burlington biotech ArQule’s drug is in first-ever trials for ‘Elephant Man disease

Burlington biotech ArQule’s drug is in first-ever trials for ‘Elephant Man disease’ - Boston Business Journal 2016

Directed by David Lynch.  With Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud. A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

The Elephant Man (1980)

The Elephant Man - A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, illustrating the deformities caused by neurofibromatosis, 1886

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Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, illustrating the deformities caused by neurofibromatosis, 1886

The Pope Prays With A Man With Elephant Man Disease

The Pope Prays With A Man With Elephant Man Disease

let's be honest many of us wouldn't hug this man or be to comfortable with touching him respect is all i have for Pope Francis who embraces horribly disfigured man.

Elephant man

Joseph Carey Merrick, better known as “The Elephant Man,” became well known in British circles during the Victorian Era. Born with a congenital disorder that began to change his appearance at the age of three

Wife of 'elephant man' says the disease doesn't scare her

Wife of 'elephant man' says the disease doesn't scare her

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Proteus Syndrome in conjunction with neurofibromatosis type I, this is the disease that likely afflicted Joseph Merrick, the so-called Elephant Man. It’s a condition in which bones, skin, and other tissues are overgrown.

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