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The True History of the Elephant Man: The Definitive Account of the Tragic and Extraordinary Life of Joseph Carey Merrick Kindle Edition
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I got the Kindle edition and was pleased to receive all aspects of the book, especially the photos (which sometimes isn't included for Kindle). There were a few editing/proofreading errors noted, but nothing terribly distracting. I would recommend this book as one of the most factual based on Joseph Merrick's life.
I had been working as a janitor in the University of London, where the skeleton of Joseph Merrick was stored in 1953. It was largely forgotten and a dim-witted assistant nearly threw out the femur because he thought it was "garbage". Insisting that it was an important bone, from where I could not conclude, I argued with him on the point. He got me fired, but not before I told the senior person, I think it was the director of paleontology at the university, of the magnitude of this malformed bone. He was rather busy so he brushed me off, and I said, "Good heavens man, this is a femur of significant worth!" Finally, he relented and it was determined that it was indeed, the femur of Joseph Merrick "The Elephant Man". It had been misplaced in storage.
The skeleton of Joseph Merrick is whole and complete, and you can even see it if you visit London. I take pride in saving this historic article from the rubbish bin. I also wish that his skeleton be put to rest finally and not arouse such idle curiosity. His soul has suffered enough and I don't know what his religious persuasion was, whether he was a believer in some afterlife or an agnostic, it matters not to me, but I'd like to see him buried, cremated or however it was that he wished to be laid to rest. I've offered to put up a year's worth of my savings to have a stone or burial site, but the authorities adamantly refuse. Any time I visit London from Berlin, I leave a few flowers at the sites of Joseph Merrick's life.
I myself am compelled to help or even to associate with the "malformed" of society. Any country I visit, I visit the local hospital to give any aid I can. I adamantly refuse to believe that a person's worth is solely determined by their "appearance". I have visited many countries around the world and there are many stigmas attached to deformity, which is unfortunate. I don't care about the stigma that "untouchables" have, I'll embrace them in any country.
This book is an interesting read on a wonderful person who was born deformed. May you rest in peace, requiescat in pace, Joseph Merrick!