The book features over 200 rare and intriguing photos of human anomalies and covers the areas of scientific research, sideshows, cinema and body modification. By tracing the history of teratology – the classification of human anomalies – and looking at some famous case histories such as the Elephant Man and Johnny Eck, FREAK BABYLON shows how medical research and exploitation are often interlinked – and poses the question whether new sciences of cloning and genetic engineering are taking us back to the "dark days" of man-made freaks.
This is a brand new, revised and expanded edition.
Bonus features include:
“- The Elephant Man” by Sir Frederick Treves. Long out-of-print, this is the true account which inspired David Lynch’s film of the same name.
- “Dissection of a Symelian Monster” by R C Benington. A classic illustrated account of an autopsy on a real-life human anomaly, from 1891 medical journals.
- An in-depth illustrated review of the controversial 1932 horror film Freaks, directed by Tod Browning.
- Tod Robbins’ classic short story “Spurs”, which inspired Browning’s Freaks.