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One hundred years ago: Cremation at the hairdresser's

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 26 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:i

The unfortunate occurrence of the death of a lady by burning resulting from the ignition of petroleum hairwash at a fashionable hairdresser's affords abundant material for reflection. The custom of using petroleum preparations for the hair originated some years ago, but the majority of the best West End hairdressers state emphatically that they have never …

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