Medicine And Multimedia

How Science Takes Stock: the Story of Meta-analysis

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 17 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1088
  1. David Moher, director
  1. Thomas C Chalmers Centre for Systematic Reviews, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada

    Morton Hunt

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    Russell Sage Foundation, 24$, pp 256

    ISBN 0 87154 389 3

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    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, …

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