Testosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodisia, Doping

Testosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodisia, Doping

Testosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodisia, Doping

Testosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodisia, Doping

Synopsis

Testosterone has inspired dreams--of restored youth, recharged sexual appetites, faster running, quicker thinking, bigger muscles--since it was first synthesized in 1935. This provocative book investigates the complex, bizarre, and sometimes outrageous history of synthetic testosterone and other male hormone therapies. Exploring many little-known social arenas--both inside and outside the medical world--in which these substances are becoming increasingly available and accepted, Testosterone Dreams examines the implications and dangers of their use in professional sports, in the workplace, in our sex lives, and beyond.

Testosterone Dreams tells the story of testosterone's growing and sometimes concealed influence in our culture over the past 70 years. It explores such controversial topics as the invention and marketing of the male menopause, the disturbing history of hormonal and other medical treatments aimed at boosting or suppressing women's sexuality, and hormone doping in sporting events such as the Tour de France and the Olympics, and in Major League Baseball. It brings to light the hidden use of hormone doping by policemen, soldiers, and other workers in a variety of jobs. It also discusses the burgeoning steroid use in the gay community and its relation to AIDS, and takes a hard look at the pharmaceutical industry's promotional campaigns to create new markets for testosterone products.

Testosterone Dreams is the first book to bring together the whole story of testosterone and to consider its social and ethical implications: Where does therapy end and performance enhancement begin? How are changing medical technologies affecting how we think about our identities as men and women and the elusive goal of "well-being"? This book will be essential reading as we move inexorably toward the wide-open, libertarian pharmacology that is now making these drug regimes available to a wider and wider clientele.

Excerpt

Testosterone Dreams is an investigation of modern attitudes toward enhancing the mental, physical, and sexual powers of human beings. the chapters that follow explore the theory and practice of human enhancement by focusing on the complex, and sometimes bizarre, history of the synthetic hormone testosterone and the careers it has made, both inside and outside the medical world, over the past seventy years. Testosterone is the hormone of choice for this purpose because it has played all the major roles in which a charismatic hormone can function: it has been regarded as a rejuvenating drug, as a sexually stimulating drug, and as a doping drug that builds muscle and boosts athletic performance. the first chapter of this book presents a history of testosterone therapy and the primitive “organotherapy” that preceded it. of particular interest here is the medical and social status of synthetic testosterone and its derivatives, the anabolic-androgenic steroids. Why has testosterone acquired a special, even fashionable, cachet as a particularly dynamic hormone? When have testosterone drugs been viewed as harmful or benign? Why is testosterone finally prevailing despite the law that regulates its use? What has the pharmaceutical industry done to create a market for testosterone products? the second chapter describes early testosterone therapies for “frigid” women and homosexuals and explains why the drug companies failed to create a mass market for testosterone products after the Second World War. Chapters 3 and 4 show how the commercial . . .

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