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August 2017

Skin Suffocation

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  • 1University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston, Houston
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(8):744. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.1880

In the 1964 film Goldfinger, British secret agent James Bond famously discovers the character Jill Masterson, played by Shirley Eaton, gilded to death. On the orders of her employer, movie villain Auric Goldfinger, she has been painted head to toe with gold paint. Bond describes the mechanism of her death as “skin suffocation.” He further explains, “It's been known to happen to cabaret dancers. It's all right as long as you leave a small bare patch at the base of the spine to allow the skin to breathe.”