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A History of Drug Use in Sport: 1876 - 1976: Beyond Good and Evil Paperback – August 19, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0415357722 ISBN-10: 0415357721

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (August 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415357721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415357722
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,038,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Featured in The Financial Times, September 29, 2007

Featured in The Observer, August 5, 2007

'A History of Drug Use in Sport doesn't deal in such sensational tabloid lines but instead offers an academic approach to the subject. While at times this does make for heavy reading, it does also provide a thorough and detailed look at the problem. For anyone who watched the Tour recently and wondered how we got to this situation, this book is probably the best place to start. '- Duncan Mackay, The Observer

This book will be great interest to sportsmen as well as students, researchers and practitioners in the sport and exercise disciplines whether they work in the laboratory or in the field since it is about a popular topic in sport.  It could be valued as a reference book, because its targets to avoid easy answers to difficult questions in the controversial subject of drug use in sport. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine

Dimeo, a lecturer in Sports Studies at the University of Stirling, presents evidence that the spread of doping had its roots in the seemingly innocent scientific inquiry into ways to perfect the 'ideal' of the elite sportsman. Jim Ferstle, SJA

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Paul Dimeo is Senior Lecturer in Sports Studies at the University of Stirling.

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This is the best book on doping. Only negative: it repeats some of John Hoberman's sources but otherwise adds significantly to the literature.
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Not only does Dr. Dimeo dismantle popularized notions of how we reached modern (and cultivated post-modern) understandings of drug use in sport, he actually executes great scholarship in doing so.

Like other (all too rare) scholarship-driven efforts of this type, the agendas of those - including some 'sacred cows' of sport academia - who employ data (or not!) to articulate their own preconceived point of view have their analyses imploded utterly.

Resultantly, readers are free to begin a process of engaging what's knowable. Dimeo, thankfully, lays superior groundwork for some of the first meaningful discussions about drugs in sport at all.

The only criticism I can level is that is ought have been titled "Part One," as we need a "Part Two" to complete the arc of analysis, in my view. But that's being picky.

Buy this book.
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