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Elephant Man Syndrome

This is not Joseph Merrick the Elephant Man, but rather actor John Hurt made up as him for the movie.


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

Burlington biotech ArQule’s drug is in first-ever trials for ‘Elephant Man disease’ - Boston Business Journal 2016

The Elephant Man's Skeleton

Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890). English sideshow performer and celebrity.Probably died from the accidental dislocation of his neck while sleeping. The cause of his deformities is still unknown. Elephantiasis, neurofibromatosis type I and Proteus syndrome have all been suggested.Merrick became something of a celebrity in Victorian high society. Alexandra,Queen Consort, demonstrated a kindly interest. He became a favourite of Queen Victoria. Died at 27.

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