Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man", was one of the most shockingly disfigured people in history. Above: Joseph Merrick's skeleton at the Royal London Hospital. Image Credit: Royal London Hospital Archives
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Joseph Merrick. The Elephant Man. Known as John this poor man like many others was born with a disfigurement & forced to work in the circus, Many of these problems can today be helped but the lives of these unfortunates in times gone by were full of ridicule & pain due to others ignorance.
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
The only surviving letter written by Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man. The letter reads: "Dear Miss Maturin Many thanks indeed for the grouse and the book, you so kindly sent me, the grouse were splendid I saw Mr Treves on Sunday He said I was to give his best respects to you With much gratitude I am Yours Truly Joseph Merrick London Hospital Whitechapel"
Joseph Merrick carte de visite photo, c. 1889.jpg. He became well known in London society after he went to live at the London Hospital. Whilst there his health continued to decline and he died on 11 April 1890, at the age of 27. Merrick's death was ruled accidental and the certified cause of death was asphyxia, caused by the weight of his head as he lay down. Dr. Treves performed an autopsy on the body, and said that Merrick had died of a dislocated neck.
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.