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Freak Babylon : an illustrated history of teratology & freakshows

Author: Jack Hunter
Publisher: London : Glitter Books, 2005.
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"Freak Babylon is a sometimes startling, sometimes disturbing documentary of the history of one of mankind's most fascinating sciences - teratology - and its dubious cultural correlative, the Freakshow, from ancient times to the present day. The book features over 200 rare and intriguing photos of human anomalies and covers the areas of scientific research, sideshows, cinema and body modification.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Hunter
ISBN: 9781902588148 1902588142
OCLC Number: 61529397
Description: 152 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Teradome : a history of monsters : origins of the freakshow --
2. Taxonomy : classification of human anomalies : golden age of the freakshow --
3. Tartarus : advent of cinema : man-made freaks (war, bad science, body modification) --
App. 1. "The elephant man" / Frederick Treves --
App. 2. Tod Browning's "Freaks."
Responsibility: Jack Hunter.

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"Freak Babylon is a sometimes startling, sometimes disturbing documentary of the history of one of mankind's most fascinating sciences - teratology - and its dubious cultural correlative, the Freakshow, from ancient times to the present day. 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 Johny 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." "The book includes "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." "This book also includes an in-depth illustrated document of the controversial 1932 horror film Freaks."--Jacket.

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