New PDF release: A History of Drug Use in Sport: 1876-1976: Beyond Good and

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By Paul Dimeo

This e-book deals a brand new background of drug use in activity. It argues that the belief of stoning up to augment functionality has now not regularly been the concern or ‘evil’ we now imagine it's. in its place, the late nineteenth century was once a time of a few experimentation and innovation principally unhindered by way of speak of dishonest or future health hazards. by means of the interwar interval, experiments were modernised within the new laboratories of workout physiologists. nonetheless there has been little or no experience that this used to be opposite to the ethics or spirit of recreation. activities, medications and technological know-how have been heavily associated for over part a century. the second one global War provided the impetus for either elevated use of gear and the emergence of an anti-doping reaction. via the top of the Nineteen 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 forms of checking out. The years as much as 1976 laid the rules for 4 a long time of anti-doping. This booklet deals a close and demanding realizing of who was once concerned, what they have been attempting to in attaining, 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 easiest e-book in British activities heritage.

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And Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge as part of a series of lectures delivered to the Royal College of Physicians in 1906 entitled The Influence of Alcohol and Other Drugs on Fatigue (Rivers 1908). It was concluded that strychnine produced a ‘decided increase, followed by a reaction’ (1908: 112). The medical historian John Haller has shown that strychnine had a wide range of uses and that by the end of the century had become ‘one of the most powerful [drugs] in the physician’s medical handbag’ (1973: 236).

The leaf was becoming well known in scientific circles and had been mentioned by writers interested in stimulants and other drugs (Anstie 1864). It was one of the substances tested out on walkers by the Edinburgh doctor Alexander Bennett in the early 1870s. He showed it was a stimulant, as he also found were tea, coffee, theobromine and cocaine (1873, 1874; see Berridge 1999). The value of coca for pedestrianism was described by Weston who reported his findings in The Lancet and the British Medical Journal in 1876 (Berridge 1999: 217).

R. D. and Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge as part of a series of lectures delivered to the Royal College of Physicians in 1906 entitled The Influence of Alcohol and Other Drugs on Fatigue (Rivers 1908). It was concluded that strychnine produced a ‘decided increase, followed by a reaction’ (1908: 112). The medical historian John Haller has shown that strychnine had a wide range of uses and that by the end of the century had become ‘one of the most powerful [drugs] in the physician’s medical handbag’ (1973: 236).

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