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Meta-analysis in Medical Research. The Handbook for the Understanding and Practice of Meta-analysis
  1. D Forman

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G Leandro, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005, £39.50, pp 98. ISBN 1405127333

I should declare a conflict of interest at the outset of this review. This handbook is intended for those in the medical profession seeking to carry out meta-analysis in their chosen area of research and provides a manual of practical advice together with an accompanying program (on CD-ROM) to enable them to get started. My conflict arises as co-ordinating editor for one of The Cochrane Collaboration review groups in gastroenterology. The Collaboration does itself produce a plethora of training materials on how to do systematic reviews and meta-analyses along with its own software (Revman) and this can all be downloaded free of charge to …

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