He was first exhibited at a freak show as the " Elephant Man ", and then went to live at the London Hospital after he met Frederick Treves , subsequently becoming well known in London society. Merrick was born in Leicester and began to develop abnormally during the first few years of his life. His mother died when he was 11  and his father soon remarried. Rejected by his father and stepmother, he left home and went to live with his uncle Charles Merrick. Torr arranged for a group of men to manage Merrick, whom they named the Elephant Man. After touring the East Midlands , Merrick travelled to London to be exhibited in a penny gaff shop rented by showman Tom Norman.
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Beyond Belief Archive. From the age of 13, he was a society reject and these photographs show his actual skeleton, together with post mortem casts of his head and limbs, giving a never before seen insight into his features. As a young child, his skin became peculiarly thick and a bony lump grew on his forehead. One of his arms and both of his feet became enlarged. Unable to get work because of his physical deformities, he was forced to enter the world of human novelty exhibitions.
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Lisa - as she asked to be called for this article - suffers from a genetic disease called neurofibromatosis, which has covered her face with benign but large tumors and weakened and deformed her facial bones. There is no cure for neurofibromatosis, also known as the Elephant Man's Disease, so named after John Merrick, a victim who lived in the 19th century and was known as the Elephant Man. Merrick had the disease on most of his body; Lisa's is almost totally confined to her face. As many as , Americans may suffer from the same disease, but Lisa's case is regarded as extraordinarily severe.
Nothing unusual was recorded about the birth of Joseph Carey Merrick on August 5, — to the world better known as the Elephant Man. Over time, the conditions only worsened. Joseph grew up a boy who slowly came to embody a human monster.