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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Joseph Merrick, a 19th century sideshow performer, was the victim of a condition beyond words. While many sideshow entertainers retain the ability to speak, smile, or look half-way normal in the face (or at least some part of their body), Elephant Man Joseph Merrick, the British runaway and lifelong carnie, was deformed beyond human identification. Although he may have appeared to have both arms and legs, Merrick’s rampant congenital disorder caused abnormal growths to occur all over his…

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Joseph Merrick, a 19th century sideshow performer, was the victim of a condition beyond words. While many sideshow entertainers retain the ability to speak, smile, or look half-way normal in the face (or at least some part of their body), Elephant Man Joseph Merrick, the British runaway and lifelong carnie, was deformed beyond human identification. Although he may have appeared to have both arms and legs, Merrick’s rampant congenital disorder caused abnormal growths to occur all over his…

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