The skeleton of Joseph Carey Merrick - image Ray Crundwell, Queen Mary University of London
Joseph Merrick's skeleton a.k.a The Elephant Man. 123 years after his death, scientists think they have narrowed down his condition; Neurofibromatosis type 1, or Proteus Syndrome
he Elephant Man (Joseph Merrick) is probably the most famous case of Proteus Syndrome. The disease causes excessive bone growth, excessive skin growth, and frequently comes with tumors. Only 200 cases have been confirmed worldwide since the disease was officially discovered in 1979. It is possible to have a minor form of this disease which can go undiagnosed. The case of the Elephant Man has been the sole reason that this disease is so widely known. Sufferers have normal brain function and…
The Elephant Man, John Merrill
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Brian Richards. Dude from Delaware (I believe). Pretty cool. Has the same condition that the Elephant Man might have had (Proteus Syndrome).-- found out by the discovery channels video. Meet The Elephant Man. He is standing next to Joseph Merrick's skeleton. Even though he lives every day with complications due to the syndrome. He never let's it get him down.
The Elephant Man Joseph Merrick developed a physical disorder that caused his limbs to grow extremely large when he was five years old. He joined a side-show attraction where he was treated well and earnt a large sum of money. A visiting doctor saw him there and made arrangements for him to live a better life. It now believed that Joseph Merrick actually suffered from Proteus Syndrome and not elephantiasis as is commonly thought. Merrick died at the age of 27 from suffocation while he slept