L’Inconnue de la Seine

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By Cheryl Pearson

In the late 1880’s, the body of a young woman was pulled from the Seine. The pathologist at the Paris Morgue was so taken by her smiling expression and her beauty that he made a wax plaster death mask of her face. In the 1960’s, the cast was used for the first resuscitation mannequin, and consequently employed around the world in first aid training. The young woman remains unidentified, but her face has been called “the most kissed face of all time”.

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