People smugglers, statistics and bone age


  • Tim Cole

    1. Professor of Medical Statistics at the MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health, UCL Institute of Child Health. His research interests include anything to do with the assessment and interpretation of body size and shape, including child growth and obesity.
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Desperate voyages, exploitation, naval interceptions and jailings … Who would guess that an obscure 50-year-old medical textbook about bone age in children would become the subject of statistical controversy in court cases about people smuggling across Australia?Tim Cole tells the story of how it happened.