How Science Takes Stock: the Story of Meta-analysisBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7165.1088b (Published 17 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1088
- David Moher, director
- Thomas C Chalmers Centre for Systematic Reviews, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada
Russell Sage Foundation, 24$, pp 256
ISBN 0 87154 389 3
Morton Hunt has mastered the seemingly impossible task of conveying to a broad range of readers, in a language that can be understood by all, the genesis and development of meta-analysis. Althugh only recently “discovered” in medicine, meta-analysis has a longer tradition in the social sciences, particularly psychology, and this is where Hunt begins his story.
Many of the personalities who helped develop meta-analysis are interviewed, including Gene Glass, Joseph Lau, Graham Colditz, and both Iain and Tom Chalmers. Several important developments are reviewed, …