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This is the story of the lives of individuals afflicted with severe deformities and how 17th and 18th century British society reacted to their extraordinary bodies. The book is illustrated with woodcuts, engravings, and oil paintings.
Published February 1st 2006 by Npi Media Group
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Mar 03, 2012 Jo rated it liked it
Bondeson explores various medical deformities ranging from conjoined twins to excessive hirsuteness. Some of the stories are interesting while others turned my stomach. Some of the scientific bits lost me though I'm afraid although it's very well written.
Feb 15, 2016 dejah_thoris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, history
This is the Bondeson book I'd give anyone interested in his work. The chapters are short and the content is AMAZING. This is also an easy pick for those people who claim all nonfiction is dull. Definitely academic but far from boring.
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I didn't enjoy this book. It was a bunch of well researched dates and locations. It didn't have any heart.
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Outside of his career in medicine, he has written several nonfiction books on a variety of topics, such as medical anomalies and unsolved murder mysteries.

Bondeson is the biographer of a predecessor of Jack the Ripper, the London Monster, who stabbed fifty women in the buttocks, of Edward 'the Boy' Jones, who stalked Queen Victoria and stole her underwear, and Greyfriars Bobby, a Scottish terrier
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