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BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7381.172 (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:172

A 33 year old woman presented with three episodes of symmetrical, weeping, vesicular erythema of her feet that were treated each time as cellulitis. Examination showed a florid vesicular dermatitis and on patch testing she reacted to colophony. Shoe dermatitis may be a result of contact allergy to chromates used in the tanning of leather, rubber found in the soles or lining, or, less commonly, colophony, a pine resin widely used in the adhesives used in the manufacture of shoes.

N Nicolaou, specialist registrar, G A Johnston, consultant, department of dermatology, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE2 7LX

If you think urns full of ash are macabre, but can't bear to part with your loved one's cremated remains, why not turn him or her into a diamond? A company in Chicago claims to have perfected a technique for turning human ash into diamonds which can then be made into jewellery. A thimbleful produces a quarter of a carat, costs about $4000, and takes 16 weeks (Pharoahs International 2002 vol 68(winter):38).

Hormone replacement therapy can reduce the incidence of diabetes by over a third (35%) in postmenopausal women with coronary heart disease, according to a large randomised trial …

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