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

By Paul Dimeo

This ebook bargains a brand new background of drug use in activity. It argues that the assumption of doping up to reinforce functionality has no longer continuously been the concern or ‘evil’ we now imagine it's. as a substitute, the late nineteenth century was once a time of a few experimentation and innovation principally unhindered by way of speak of dishonest or well-being 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 game. activities, medicines and technology have been heavily associated for over part a century.

The moment international War provided the impetus for either elevated use of gear and the emergence of an anti-doping reaction. through the top of the Nineteen Fifties a brand new framework of ethics was once being imposed at the medicines query that developed doping in hugely emotive phrases as an ‘evil’. along this emerged the technology and procedural paperwork of trying out. The years as much as 1976 laid the rules for 4 many years of anti-doping. This publication deals an in depth and demanding realizing of who was once concerned, what they have been attempting to in attaining, why they set approximately this job and the context during which they labored. by means of 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 easiest ebook in British activities heritage.

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