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Some examples of systematic reviews

Author(s)Knipschild, P
AbstractReviewing the literature is a scientific inquiry that needs a clear design to preclude bias. It is a real enterprise if one aims at completeness of the literature on a certain subject. Going through refereed English language journals is not enough. On line databases are helpful, but mainly as a starting point. This article gives examples of systematic reviews on vitamin C and the common cold, pyridoxine against the premenstrual syndrome, homeopathy, and physiotherapy.
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DetailsAfter an informal review, Linus Pauling (Nobel Laureate) was convinced that mega-doses of vitamin C would protect against the common cold. However Knipschild’s systematic review contradicted this conclusion and identified that Pauling had not cited 5 of the 15 methodologically sound studies