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By Paul Dimeo

This publication bargains a brand new historical past of drug use in recreation. It argues that the assumption of doping up to augment functionality has no longer continually been the concern or ‘evil’ we now imagine it really is. in its place, the late nineteenth century was once a time of a few experimentation and innovation mostly unhindered through speak of dishonest or health and wellbeing hazards. by way of the interwar interval, experiments were 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 recreation. 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 substances and the emergence of an anti-doping reaction. by means of the tip of the Fifties a brand new framework of ethics used to be being imposed at the medications query that developed doping in hugely emotive phrases as an ‘evil’. along this emerged the technology and procedural forms of checking out. The years as much as 1976 laid the rules for 4 a long time of anti-doping. This publication bargains a close and significant knowing 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 simplest ebook in British activities heritage.

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