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ISBN-13: 978-0520248229 ISBN-10: 0520248228 Edition: New Ed
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"[Into] the incredible story of male hormone therapies.... Hoberman injects his dense social history with odd medical lore, dissections of corporate profiteering, sharp examinations of Olympic doping and a powder-dry disdain for consumers who demand a better life in pill form. He connects such seemingly disjointed topics as Arnold Schwarzenegger's popularity and cops who abuse steroids. And he doesn't shrink from big questions such as, what does it mean to be human in an age when steroids can make you a stronger athlete, Prozac a more focused businessman and Viagra a better lover?" - Playboy Magazine "Hoberman's excellent [book] tells much of the story of how and why steroids came to the pharmacy shelves." - New Yorker "New York Yankee Jason Giambi has admitted to a grand jury that he injected himself with testosterone, as part of his steroid cocktail. Perhaps Giambi should read John Hoberman's Testosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodisia, Doping, which investigates the complex, bizarre and sometimes outrageous history of synthetic testosterone and other male hormone therapies." - Publishers Weekly"

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"Testosterone Dreams is a detailed and frightening look at the shifting balance between patients' fantasies and the entrepreneurial bioscience that fuels these desires. Hoberman reveals the darker side of medicine that enhances athletic performances, and how the publicity given those performances generates wider demands for enhancement medicine. This book is a crucial contribution to the ethical deliberation of who we humans want to be, as bodies and as selves."—Arthur W. Frank, author of The Wounded Storyteller
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (March 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520248228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520248229
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By james on June 21, 2012
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Testosterone Dreams is a detailed account of hormonal treatments and their origins. The book contained substantial history of the synthesis and early use of testosterone in the medical community. Yes, the book moves into the subjects of both performance enhancement for sports as well as anti-aging but the reader should be aware that this is not written like at a basic 'sports illustrated' level. It is more technical than most readers will be looking for but for the serious student of the application of hormonal treatment it is well worth the price of a used book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bess on January 21, 2009
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A thoughtful, insightful analysis of the phenomenon of chemical enhancement and its changing role in our society over the last century. Highly recommended.
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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Platek on June 16, 2005
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Testosterone dreams is a thought-provoking study at times of how a drug, or at least the promise of a drug, changes our attitudes about what is normal and expected in humans. Testosterone has been offered up as a enhancement for athletic performance, sexual drive and slowing the aging process. Heavily promoted by drug companies (just watch the commercials during golf tournaments), the public begins to question acceptance of normal human limitations and imagines an improved world. Soon these enhanced expections become the norm.

I believe this is what the author is getting at. I have to admit while the book was thought-provoking at times, other times I kept saying to myself "so what?... The author should just relax and not take himself so seriously." Ignoring the point whether the drugs actually do what's promised, every invention sets forth the same process of altering people's expectations. I can't say I finished this book and thought I learned something despite some interesting observations.
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