"[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