Freaks

The Pig-faced Lady of Manchester Square & Other Medical Marvels

Author: Jan Bondeson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780752436623

Category: Disfigured persons

Page: 334

View: 6808

This is the remarkable story of the lives of individuals afflicted with severe deformities and how seventeenth and eighteenth-century British society reacted to their extraordinary bodies. From hog-faced women to dog-faced boys, Jan Bondeson examines historical cases of dwarfism, extreme corpulence, giantism, conjoined twins, and extreme hairiness. He considers these individuals not as 'freaks' but as human beings born with sometimes appalling congenital deformities

The Pig-faced Lady of Manchester Square & Other Medical Marvels

Author: Jan Bondeson

Publisher: History PressLtd

ISBN: 9780752429687

Category: History

Page: 344

View: 9747

This is the remarkable story of the lives of individuals afflicted with severe deformities and how 17th and 18th century British society reacted to their extraordinary bodies. This is the remarkable story of the lives of individuals afflicted with severe deformities and how 17th and 18th century British society reacted to their extraordinary bodies.

The Two-headed Boy, and Other Medical Marvels

Author: Jan Bondeson

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801489587

Category: Medical

Page: 295

View: 3197

A physician plumbs medical history to expose various anomalies of human development, the lives of the remarkable individuals afflicted, and the social reactions to their extraordinary bodies.

Fat Chemistry

The Science behind Obesity

Author: Claire S Allardyce

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry

ISBN: 178262581X

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 9553

Currently, the health of over half the adult population in the UK suffers because of fat. The UK is not alone: obesity is a global problem, but the populations of some countries are heavier than others. This book probes the chemistry of fat in our bodies, providing a unique insight into understanding obesity, and how this material becomes accumulated to cause obesity with particular emphasis on the contribution of nutrition beyond calories. It visits the current hot topic of the genetic origins of obesity and progresses through to the relatively under publicised field of epigenetics, emphasising its importance to understanding the current epidemic. Coming in the wake of the establishment of international collaborations, the book aims to quantify the extent of the contribution of nutritional deficiencies to body weight gain. Yet even before these studies begin some important links have been identified and the molecular mechanisms by which they induce obesity have been mapped. This information reveals a serious problem for the next generation, but it is expected to provide the necessary information to tackle the obesity epidemic. Based on an extensive review of scientific literature, this topical book is written in a way that is accessible to the non-specialist. Suitable for the general public, the principal focus of the book is to advance the public understanding and awareness of science through the high interest subject of obesity. However, many universities recommend public understanding of science texts to students as a means of broadening general knowledge and as a means to emphasise to students the importance of communicating their research to the public. This book will be instrumental in developing this knowledge.

Georgian London

Into the Streets

Author: Lucy Inglis

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0670920150

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 3759

In Georgian London: Into the Streets, Lucy Inglis takes readers on a tour of London's most formative age - the age of love, sex, intellect, art, great ambition and fantastic ruin. Travel back to the Georgian years, a time that changed expectations of what life could be. Peek into the gilded drawing rooms of the aristocracy, walk down the quiet avenues of the new middle class, and crouch in the damp doorways of the poor. But watch your wallet - tourists make perfect prey for the thriving community of hawkers, prostitutes and scavengers. Visit the madhouses of Hackney, the workshops of Soho and the mean streets of Cheapside. Have a coffee in the city, check the stock exchange, and pop into St Paul's to see progress on the new dome. This book is about the Georgians who called London their home, from dukes and artists to rent boys and hot air balloonists meeting dog-nappers and life-models along the way. It investigates the legacies they left us in architecture and art, science and society, and shows the making of the capital millions know and love today. 'Read and be amazed by a city you thought you knew' Jonathan Foyle, World Monuments Fund 'Jam-packed with unusual insights and facts. A great read from a talented new historian' Independent 'Pacy, superbly researched. The real sparkle lies in its relentless cavalcade of insightful anecdotes . . . There's much to treasure here' Londonist 'Inglis has a good ear for the outlandish, the farcical, the bizarre and the macabre. A wonderful popular history of Hanoverian London' London Historians In 2009 Lucy Inglis began blogging on the lesser-known aspects of London during the Eighteenth Century - including food, immigration and sex- at GeorgianLondon.com. She lives in London with her husband. Georgian London is her first book.

The Wonders

Lifting the Curtain on the Freak Show, Circus and Victorian Age

Author: John Woolf

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1789290368

Category: Performing Arts

Page: N.A

View: 6050

'A promising young historian with a taste for the exotic.' Stephen Fry The Wonders is a radical new history of the Victorian age: meet the forgotten and extraordinary freak performers whose talents and disabilities helped define an era. On 23 March, 1844, General Tom Thumb, at 25 inches tall, entered the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace and bowed low to Queen Victoria. On both sides of the Atlantic, this meeting marked a tipping point in the nineteenth century - the age of the freak was born. Bewitching all levels of society, it was a world of astonishing spectacle - of dwarfs, giants, bearded ladies, Siamese twins and swaggering showmen - and one that has since inspired countless novels, films and musicals. But the real stories (human dramas that so often eclipsed the fantasy presented on the stage), of the performing men, women and children, have been forgotten or marginalized in the histories of the very people who exploited them. In this richly evocative account, Dr John Woolf uses a wealth of recently discovered material to bring to life the sometimes tragic, sometimes triumphant, always extraordinary stories of people who used their (dis)abilities and difference to become some of the first international celebrities. And through their lives we discover afresh some of the great transformations of the age: the birth of showbusiness, of celebrity, of advertising, of 'alternative facts'; while also exploring the tensions between the power of fame, the impact of exploitation and our fascination with 'otherness'.

Queen Victoria's Stalker

The Strange Story of the Boy Jones

Author: Jan Bondeson

Publisher: Amberley Publishing

ISBN: 9781848688636

Category: Stalkers

Page: 159

View: 3622

After her coronation in 1838, Queen Victoria was relentlessly pursued by a weird teenager, Edward 'the Boy' Jones, who had an uncanny ability to sneak into Buckingham Palace without being detected. This book tells the full story of the Boy Jones, one of the first celebrity stalkers in history.

Murder Houses of London

Author: Jan Bondeson

Publisher: Amberley Pub Plc

ISBN: 9781445614854

Category: True Crime

Page: 351

View: 5119

Which of London's most gruesome murders happened in your street?

Circus and Allied Arts

A World Bibliography, 1500-[1962] Based Mainly on Circus Literature in the British Museum, the Library of Congress, the Bibliothèque Nationale and on His Own Collection. With a Foreword by M. Willson Disher

Author: Raymond Toole-Stott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Circus

Page: N.A

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