Your price
Out of Stock

Death in the Locker Room

Steroids in Sport

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Cornerstone, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Century
Published: 30th Jun 1984
Dimensions: w 150mm h 230mm
Weight: 927g
ISBN-10: 0712609547
ISBN-13: 9780712609548
Barcode No: 9780712609548

New & Used

Seller Information Condition Price
Out of Stock

What Reviewers Are Saying

Submit your review
Kirkus US
The most thoroughgoing argument yet against the use of steroids to improve sports performance. Goldman, a sports-medicine researcher at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, makes no pretense of being unbiased: he is convinced that steroid use is hazardous - and widespread in American sports (especially among weightlifters). "The true illness is in the way we view sports - win at any cost, you're a bum if you lose. . . this eats away at the very virtues and benefits of sports competition." Looking first at the sports-and-drugs issue in general, Goldman identifies two classes of sports drugs: restorative drugs, which enable athletes to compete despite an injury (painkillers, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories); and erogenic, or additive, drugs - intended "to increase performance beyond what would normally be achieved without them." Steroids belong in this class, of course; and Goldman's argument is that, aside from the ethics of the situation (which he does consider briefly), the effects and side-effects of these drugs are so dangerous as to outweigh any possible benefit (a 2-3 percent improvement in performance, by his estimate). Following the overall presentation, Goldman looks separately at "Women Athletes and Drugs" - "female athletes turning male," growth inhibition of young East German gymnasts - and "Drugs and Society": how steroids are obtained through some practicing US physicians or illegally in other countries. Finally, he chronicles the physical effects of steroids: a gruesome listing, from alterations in secondary sex characteristics all the way to development of certain cancers. (Throughout, Goldman makes clear that high drug doses, and unsupervised use, cause problems that rarely arise when steroids are used in general medical practice.) Not an impartial assessment - but a very strong case. (Kirkus Reviews)