This is how Joseph Merrick would have looked without his deformities.  Leicestershire History | News and Features: The Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick

This is how Joseph Merrick would have looked without his deformities. Leicestershire History | News and Features: The Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick

Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890), 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.

Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890), 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.

The skeleton of Joseph Carey Merrick - image Ray Crundwell, Queen Mary University of London

The skeleton of Joseph Carey Merrick - image Ray Crundwell, Queen Mary University of London

The skeleton of Joseph Carey Merrick - image Ray Crundwell, Queen Mary University of London

The skeleton of Joseph Carey Merrick - image Ray Crundwell, Queen Mary University of London

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

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

A photograph of Joseph Merrick, known as the "Elephant Man". This photograph of Joseph Merrick, known as the "Elephant Man,” was published in the British Medical Journal with the announcement of Merrick's death in 1890.

A photograph of Joseph Merrick, known as the "Elephant Man". This photograph of Joseph Merrick, known as the "Elephant Man,” was published in the British Medical Journal with the announcement of Merrick's death in 1890.

Google Image Result for http://upload.wikimedia.org later after Joseph's death scientists figured out his disease was neurofibromatosis which is when you get a lot of tumors on the nerve usually less severe than the elephant man's he still lived a great life

Google Image Result for http://upload.wikimedia.org later after Joseph's death scientists figured out his disease was neurofibromatosis which is when you get a lot of tumors on the nerve usually less severe than the elephant man's he still lived a great life

1937 In Remembrance of Joseph Merrick by Wolfgang Wiggers

1937 In Remembrance of Joseph Merrick by Wolfgang Wiggers

Famous for his extremely malformed skeleton and skin, Joseph Merrick -- perhaps better known as the "Elephant Man" -- remains a medical curiosity, even 120 years after his death. Learn about Joseph Merrick's life and deformities in these videos.

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Famous for his extremely malformed skeleton and skin, Joseph Merrick -- perhaps better known as the "Elephant Man" -- remains a medical curiosity, even 120 years after his death. Learn about Joseph Merrick's life and deformities in these videos.

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