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Joseph Merrick
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Born in Leicester, Leicestershire
Born on 5th of August 1862
Died on 11th of April 1890

Born 1862. Died 1890 - Englishman known as the Elephant Man.

Began to develop the disease thought now to be Proteus syndrome at the age of five. Causes irregular skin growth, bone deformation and grotesque enlargement of the head. Joined freak show in 1883. Rescued by the surgeon Frederick Treves, given place at London Hospital. Died of accidental suffocation at age of 27.

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http://www.phreeque.com/joseph_merrick.html Biography
http://josephcareymerrick.com/ This is probably the most comprehensive and informative source of information

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From Mae Stroshane on 15th September 2009
http://josephcareymerrick.com/ - This is probably the most comprehensive and informative source of information about the "Elephant Man." It covers all aspects of Merrick's early life, career as a novelty, and final years at the London Hospital under the care of Frederick Treves where he was befriended by Alexander, Princess of Wales and Madge Kendal, among other illustrious members of society. Despite his extremely severe condition, Joseph Merrick was a gentle, courageous man, educated and kind. When he died at age 27, he was mourned by many.

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