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'Bowed' Joseph

This is a life size model - less than 4 ft tall - from an 18th century skeleton (in background) of Joseph Smith, a cobbler and social agitator. He would walk the streets beating his drum to rouse a crowd.  He died falling drunk from a stagecoach returning from Leith races. He suffered from dwarfism, scoliosis and rickets. It seems his wife may have sold his body to the the university.  It is on display tomorrow as part of Edinburgh Christmas 24 days of Advent and thereafter when the anatomical museum in the Medical School at the University of Edinburgh is open. Created by Lynn Morrison (pictured) as part of her MSc in Forensic Art.

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