Joeseph Merrick, aka. The Elephant Man.   Who taught me that sometimes peace is a  paper cathedral.

Joeseph Merrick, aka. The Elephant Man. Who taught me that sometimes peace is a paper cathedral.

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.

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

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

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", 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

All sizes | IMG517 Actual model church constructed by Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man), Royal London Hospital Museum | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

All sizes | IMG517 Actual model church constructed by Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man), Royal London Hospital Museum | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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.

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.

Unlocking the secrets of the 'Elephant Man'

Unlocking the secrets of the Elephant Man

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

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"

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.

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.

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.

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