To round this landmark study, Dope features an afterword that addresses the final conclusion of the Floyd Landis doping case and brings the content up to the minute on other current doping scandals.
This book includes a timeline of major milestones/events in the history of doping from the mid-1800s onward. It also shows that a number of popularly circulated stories about doping in sports don't hold up under close examination. For example, in 1886, an English cyclist was said to have died following the Bordeaux to Paris Derny race. However, the Bordeaux to Paris race didn't exist in 1886. It was first run in 1891. Second, the cyclist who supposedly died in 1886 actually died in 1896-from typhoid fever, rather than doping-related causes.
"He corrects inaccurate stories about doping deaths in cycling and offers very current detailed developments in the Floyd Landis case. He explains difficult and changing drug detection methods and results. …Recommended. Larger university coaching and sports medicine collections supporting lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers."
This book chronicles the types and advances in doping techniques used by amateur and professional athletes over the last century. As modern medicine and technology have evolved, the drugs and techniques used to boost athletic performance have evolved along similar lines.