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By Paul Dimeo

This booklet deals a brand new heritage of drug use in recreation. It argues that the belief of popping up to reinforce functionality has now not continuously been the obstacle 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 principally unhindered by means of speak of dishonest or future health dangers. 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 recreation. activities, medicines 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 Fifties a brand new framework of ethics used to be being imposed at the medicines 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 ebook bargains a close and important figuring out of who used to be concerned, what they have been attempting to in attaining, why they set approximately this activity and the context during which they labored. via 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 heritage.

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In either case a fall follows and the capacity becomes subnormal – a condition which continued until the end of the experiment, a period of considerably over five hours. (Jones 1908: 445) A summary of Rossi, Fere and Jones’ work into strychnine was presented by W. H. 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).

Drug use in sport It would be wrong to claim that drugs were widely used in sport. There is not enough evidence to support this. However, the few examples available do show 24 A history of drug use in sport that one current of opinion at this time was to be optimistic and explicit about the potential for drugs to enhance performance. Of course, it can be disputed as to whether tonic drinks based on naturally occurring nuts and leafs are really forms of drugs. It is perhaps more realistic to consider them as naturally derived stimulants.

He stopped for a quick ‘bathing with warm water’ before struggling on despite looking dull, lustreless, heavy limbed, stiff and frequently expressing his hunger for food. With a mile and a half still to run he stopped again for brandy and to be bathed in warm water. He completed the race and was taken for a medical examination, which apparently found him to have no health problems except exhaustion. Certainly there is no evidence that the medics on scene took issue with the use of strychnine and brandy during the race (Lucas 1905).

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