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The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  58 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published June 4th 2009 by BiblioLife (first published 1923)
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Suvi
My only reason for picking this up was, of course, Joseph (here named John) 'Elephant Man' Merrick. I first became aware of him when I saw the heartbreaking Lynch movie, so naturally I couldn't miss a first-hand account from the doctor who took care of him. I didn't expect, however, the writing to be so vivid and engaging. I was fully prepared for dry-ish essays which would perhaps include a lot of medical details, but instead they are almost in a form of a short story.

There are twelve essays al
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K.T.
Apr 11, 2012 K.T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Often, the imagery conjured up by Victorian/Edwardian era writing is dark, gritty and stuffy. Especially when said stories take place in London, England, during the days when Joseph Merrik roamed the streets, Dickinsonian villains and heroes of Homlsian proportions made their way through the smog filled, gas-lit streets. The London of Frederick Treeves description, though, is none of those things. The tales the surgeon weaves, memories spun forth from a life well lived, are vibrant and full of w ...more
Roger
Jul 23, 2011 Roger rated it liked it
Sir Frederick Treves (1853-1923) was 'serjeant-surgeon'(sic) to King Edward VII and was apparently a skilled and compassionate physician who gave Joseph Merrick(the Elephant Man)his dignity back and a sense of belonging in his final days. The account is told in a matter of fact way that becomes quite moving. The good doctor also wrote novels and in these reminiscences he reminds me of H.P. Lovecraft in the tale of "The Restless Night" and a little bit of P.G. Wodehouse in "A Question Of Hats". T ...more
Laura
May 06, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of short reminiscences by Dr. Frederick Treves (1853-1923), made famous by his association with, and care for, Joseph Merrick ("The Elephant Man") and who was portrayed in the David Lynch feature film, "The Elephant Man", by Sir Anthony Hopkins. Treves was a highly-respected surgeon and this short work (222 pages) presents twelve essays by him on a number of topics.

Of course, his first essay concerns Merrick, and David Lynch took much of the factual material for his film fro
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nick
Jan 16, 2016 nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ever since i was a little, iv wanted to read this book. looks like someone photocopied the actual book instead of typing the ebook. the font is small & most words are faded & chunks have evaporated out of random letters, but if you focus your eyes you can read it. for that reason & one story in particular, plus things said in a couple other storys, I give it 4 stars
Gail
Jul 24, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because of a recent PBS special on the re-creation of the elephant man using his actual bones. Dr. Frederic Treves was quoted in the PBS special. I enjoyed the surgical stories and the way the doctor told the stories of his most memorable patients.
Missy
Sep 29, 2011 Missy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Fave Version!!!!
Brenna
Feb 19, 2014 Brenna rated it liked it
Eye-opening. Also somewhat sleep-inducing.
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