Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890), often erroneously called John Merrick, was an English man with severe deformities. 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.
Sir Frederick Treves (15 February 1853 – 7 December 1923) was a prominent British surgeon, and an expert in anatomy. Treves was renowned for his surgical treatment of appendicitis, and is credited with saving the life of King Edward VII in 1902.
He is also widely known for his friendship with Joseph Merrick, dubbed the “Elephant Man” for his severe deformities.
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