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Flawed Statistics in Murder Trial May Cost Expert His Medical License

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Science  22 Jul 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5734, pp. 543
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5734.543a

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In 1999, renowned child abuse expert Roy Meadow overstated the low odds of two infants in the same family dying suddenly for unexplained reasons, helping convict a mother of murdering her two sons. On 15 July, a professional panel ruled that Meadow should be "erased" from the register of physicians in Britain for his statistical blunder.