Revue de presse
An interesting and informative book ... This book would be an excellent accompaniment to the coverage of the Olympic games this summer. (Chemistry World)
[This book] provides for the first time an in-depth explanation of how drugs can improve sporting performance. (Mark Perryman, Morning Star)
[a] pacy account (Nature Magazine)
Présentation de l'éditeur
evidence-based arguments he shows what the body can, and cannot, do. There is much curiosity about why certain substances are used, how they are detected, and whether they truly have an effect on the body. Cooper explains how these drugs work and the challenges of testing for them, putting in to context
whether the 'doping' methods of choice are worth the risk or the effort.
Exploring the moral, political, and ethical issues involved in controlling drug use, Cooper addresses questions such as 'What is cheating?', 'What compounds are legal and why?', 'Why do the classification systems change all the time?', and 'Should all chemicals be legal, and what effect would this have on sport?'. Looking forward, he examines the recent work to study the physical limitations of rat and mice behaviour. He shows that, remarkably, simple genetic experiments producing 'supermice'
suggest that there may be ways of improving human performance too, raising ethical and moral questions for the future of sport.
The paperback includes a new introduction which considers the issues surrounding the 2012 Lance Armstrong doping scandal.