Today in History
August 05, 1862
“I Am Not an Animal!”
Joseph Merrick, whose debilitating physical deformities earn him the cruel nickname "The Elephant Man," is born in Leicester, England. His condition baffles the medical community. Merrick is part of a freak show when discovered by London physician Frederick Treves, and his subsequent life in London Hospital is the basis of a 1979 play and 1980 movie, both titled The Elephant Man. Today science offers a probable diagnosis for Merrick's affliction: Proteus syndrome, a rare congenital disorder that causes overgrowths and enlargements of skin and bone.
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