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|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."
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.