A History of Drug Use in Sport: 1876 – 1976: Beyond Good and by Paul Dimeo

By Paul Dimeo

This ebook deals a brand new background of drug use in activity. It argues that the assumption of popping up to augment functionality has now not constantly been the situation or ‘evil’ we now imagine it really is. as an alternative, the late nineteenth century used to be a time of a few experimentation and innovation principally unhindered by way of speak of dishonest or healthiness hazards. through the interwar interval, experiments have been modernised within the new laboratories of workout physiologists. nonetheless there has been little or no experience that this was once opposite to the ethics or spirit of activity. activities, medicines and technological know-how have been heavily associated for over part a century.

The moment international War provided the impetus for either elevated use of substances and the emergence of an anti-doping reaction. via the tip of the Fifties a brand new framework of ethics used to be being imposed at the medications query that built doping in hugely emotive phrases as an ‘evil’. along this emerged the technological know-how and procedural paperwork of trying out. The years as much as 1976 laid the rules for 4 a long time of anti-doping. This ebook deals a close and important realizing of who was once concerned, what they have been attempting to in attaining, why they set approximately this job and the context within which they labored. via doing so, it reconsiders the vintage dichotomy of ‘good anti-doping’ up opposed to ‘evil doping’.

Winner of the 2007 Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for the simplest ebook in British activities background.

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