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A History of Drug Use in Sport: 1876 - 1976: Beyond Good and Evil

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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

About the Author

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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (August 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415357721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415357722
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,340,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want a thorough understanding of the evolution of drug use in sports, and society's attitudes toward doping in sports, this is your book. Particularly interesting is how Dimeo shows how attitudes toward doping in sport shifted in the 1960s. What was no big deal for roughly the first century of pro and Olympic sports suddenly became, in the 1960s, a moral cause pursued with evangelical zeal. In other words, the doping-is-evil morality we take for granted today is a relatively modern invention in the history of competitive sports. Dimeo's explanation of the multiple reasons for this shift are fascinating and painstakingly documented. Highly recommend this book.
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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.

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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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