By Paul Dimeo
This e-book deals a brand new heritage of drug use in recreation. It argues that the belief of doping up to augment functionality has now not consistently been the concern or ‘evil’ we now imagine it really is. as a substitute, the late nineteenth century was once a time of a few experimentation and innovation mostly unhindered via speak of dishonest or healthiness hazards. by way of 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, medicinal drugs 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. by way of the tip of the Nineteen Fifties a brand new framework of ethics used to be being imposed at the medicinal drugs query that developed 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 principles for 4 a long time of anti-doping. This ebook bargains a close and important knowing of who used to be concerned, what they have been attempting to in achieving, why they set approximately this activity and the context during which they labored. by way 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 simplest publication in British activities historical past.
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A History of Drug Use in Sport: 1876 – 1976: Beyond Good and Evil by Paul Dimeo