Diseased and deformed humans were exploited as sideshow ‘freaks’ for decades. These displays were a major attraction of many leading circuses and shows for over a century. As science improved and led to many of the 'freaks' physical differences being explained as genetic mutation or disease, the sideshow fell into decline as the individuals were treated with compassion and sympathy instead of fear and disgust.
Here are some photos and examples of those individuals...some of them are really shocking!
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