This free event is an in-progress showing of Eidolon, an immersive performance exploring the relationship between the body and technology, at the Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors (SCSCHF), Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert. SCSCHF is a state-of-the-art professional training facility,undertaking simulation based medical education. This event will introduce the audience…
Michael Moneypenny, Director of the Simulation Centre, told me the fascinating story of the relationship between Laerdal, the company who makes some of the Patient Simulators that the SCSC uses, and a mysterious drowned young woman in the Seine, in the late 1880’s. The “L’Inconnue de la Seine” or Unknown Woman of the Seine, was reportedly so beautiful that the Paris pathologist that found her ordered that a death mask be made. Casts of this mask sold across Europe and have been referenced by numerous artists and writers, including Man Ray, who photographed the inconnue to illustrate Louis Aragon’s 1944 novel ‘Aurélien’.
Man Ray’s photograph of ‘The Unknown Woman of the Seine’ used to illustrate Louis Aragon’s 1944 novel ‘Aurélien’
In the 1950’s the mask of the inconnue was chosen by a toy maker in Norway, Asmund Laerdal, after being approached by an Austrian doctor named Peter Safar, who was developing the basics of CPR, and was looking for a way to teach and practice this. The result was the Resusci Anne model, which is still in use today and has been resuscitated by more than 300 million people.