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Whitaker scoring system for estimating age from the bones of the foot

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    A test of the Whitaker scoring system for estimating age from the bones of the foot.
    Davies C, Hackman L, Black S.
    Int J Legal Med. 2012 Oct 4
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  3. Rob Kidd

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    If I remember correctly Whitaker was a dentist working on the Spitalfields collection at the Natuaral History Museum in London at the same time as I was (~1990). I seem to remember that at the time his estimations of skeletal age from teeth were actually quite good. I have never heard of age estimation from foot bones before, and am not surprised at the results. Rob
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    Actually, assuming I have the correct Whittaker, he is quite a character. When I knew him, 20 odd years ago, he was at the University of Wales in Cardiff - but with a broad northern accent - even stronger than mine. The Sptialfields collection was one of the first to be used in this manner - and is an interesting annecdote, so please excuse my ramblings. The Spitalfields church cript filled slowly from about 1750-perhaps 1870 (all dates approx). Then, the story goes that in about 1970, they wanted it back for use in the down-and-out trade - for soup kitchen stuff. All the occupants had age-at-death data, and a rudimentary death certificate, with cause of death. Thus, here for the first time, was a chance to test the skeletal age at death with the real thing. My memory tells me, that aprt from Whittakers tooth work, the estimates were widely out. I remember that one of the occupants, was Louisa Courtauld - found of the Courtauld textile empire. Also also remember the first recording of industrial disease - the local publilcan died of "dropsy" - later confirmed to be liver failure. Another died of "mortification of the feet". Altogether a fascinating place. Last I heard, the curator was Dr Louise Humphrey, and as far as I know, it is still available for bone fide study. Rob
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    Age Estimation Using Foot Radiographs from a Modern Scottish Population.
    Hackman L, Davies CM, Black S.
    J Forensic Sci. 2012 Oct 19.

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