However, the current thinking is that Merrick may have suffered from Proteus syndrome.
We "had sight of Proteus rising from the sea," but no Triton of the upper air blew his "wreathed horn."
That all this is true to Shakespeare appears from the fact that it is false to the character of Proteus.
How much are the ancients to be pitied, who discovered in the ocean naught but the palace of Neptune and the cavern of Proteus!
But the Sophist is the Proteus who takes the likeness of all of them; all other deceivers have a piece of him in them.
You twist every way like Proteus, until at last you slip through my fingers and appear as a general.
For it is Proteus who sends Menelaus back to the Gods whom he has neglected and offended.
Proteus was so much annoyed with Silvia that he threatened her, and seized her by the waist.
He will present a phase of life not known to the East, not known to Egyptian Proteus.
Proteus of Egypt, whom Menelaus was supposed to have consulted about his passage homeward, was a tower of this sort with a purait.
Proteus Pro·te·us (prō'tē-əs)
A genus of gram-negative, rod-shaped aerobic bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae that includes certain species associated with human enteritis and urinary tract infections.