By Paul Dimeo
This ebook bargains a brand new background of drug use in recreation. It argues that the belief of doping up to augment functionality has now not constantly been the drawback 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 mostly unhindered via speak of dishonest or overall 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 game. activities, medications 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 gear and the emergence of an anti-doping reaction. via the tip of the Fifties a brand new framework of ethics was once being imposed at the medications query that built doping in hugely emotive phrases as an ‘evil’. along this emerged the technology and procedural paperwork of checking out. The years as much as 1976 laid the rules for 4 a long time of anti-doping. This ebook deals a close and significant knowing of who used to be concerned, what they have been attempting to in attaining, why they set approximately this job and the context within which they labored. through 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 booklet in British activities background.
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A History of Drug Use in Sport: 1876 – 1976: Beyond Good and Evil by Paul Dimeo