Adrian Woolfson: In search of the secrets of biological form
6 January 2005
Show More Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body by Armand Marie Leroi.
HarperCollins, 431 pp., £20, May 2004, 0 00 257113 7Show More
Jacob’s Ladder: The History of the Human Genome by Henry Gee.
Fourth Estate, 272 pp., £20, March 2004, 1 84115 734 1Show More
“... a performance by ‘the most extraordinary and interesting man in miniature in the known world’. Charles Sherwood Stratton was a perfectly formed 25-inch-tall midget, who weighed only 15 pounds. It had been the idea of the Victorian freak show impresario Phineas Taylor Barnum to present him in the guise of ‘General Tom Thumb’. Before long, the ...”