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Determination of age from the sternal rib in white females: a test of the phase method.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3734747     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sex differences in both the rate and pattern of aging in the sternal extremity of the rib necessitated the development of separate standards of age determination for males and females. A test of the male phase technique has already demonstrated its reliability and soundness. The present study was carried out to evaluate the female phase standards. A sample of 10 test ribs including 2 control specimens, was judged by 28 volunteers representing several levels of education and experience in the forensic and anthropological sciences. As in the male test, the judges were asked to assign each unknown rib to an age phase by comparing it with photographs of prototype specimens from the original study. Analysis of the results revealed minimal interobserver error between the doctoral and predoctoral groups, and no discernible association between morphological variation in the rib and antemortem history. Furthermore, rib assignment for both groups of judges averaged well within 1 phase of the ideal phase in which the specimen would have been placed based solely on chronological age.
M Y Işcan; S R Loth
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  1986 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-09-25     Completed Date:  1986-09-25     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  990-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Determination by Skeleton*
Forensic Medicine*
Middle Aged
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