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    Isaac W Sprague (1841-1887), Living Skeleton. He was normal until age 12, when he started to lose weight. By age 44 he was 5'6'' and weighed only 43 lbs. He was examined by many eminent physicians who gave no diagnosis other than a general wasting syndrome. He ate as much as 2 normal sized men and carried a flask of sweetened milk to revive himself when he felt faint. He married twice and had 3 average sized sons. He died at age 46 after working in sideshows since he was 24.

    • Linda Chumbley

      Isaac W. Sprague The Living Skeleton (1841-1887) He was normal until age 12, when he began losing weight. He was examined by many eminent physicians who gave no diagnosis other than a general wasting syndrome. He ate as much as two normal sized men and carried a flask of sweetened milk to revive himself when he felt faint. He worked carnival sideshows from the age of 24, married twice, and had three average sized sons. By age 44, he was 5' 6'' and weighed only 43 pounds.

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