Ralph K. Della Ratta, MD
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Della Ratta RK. Drugs in Sport: The Pressure to Perform. Ann Intern Med. 2003;138:80. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-138-1-200301070-00033
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;138(1):80.
British Medical Association. 165 pages. London: BMJ Books; 2002. £16.95. ISBN 0727916068. Order at http://www.bmjbooks.com.
Field of medicine: Sports medicine.
Format: Softcover book.
Audience: General internists; residents; and specialists, fellows, team doctors, and policymakers in sports medicine.
Purpose: To raise awareness about performance-enhancing drug use by noncompetitive athletes and to inform physicians about what drugs they may or may not prescribe to competitive athletes and the medical consequences of the use of certain drugs.
Content: This multiauthored book was developed as a policy statement about drug use in sports for the British Medical Association (BMA). The book reviews the historical, legal, and ethical background on drug use in sports and the pressures that may lead an athlete to drug use; the International Olympic Committee's (IOC's) list of banned substances and methods, including potential use in sport, pharmacologic actions, and adverse effects; therapeutic drugs used to manage common illnesses; anabolic androgenic steroid use in noncompetitive weight lifting and elite-level sports; policies that will be helpful for groups administering sport antidrug program; the role and responsibilities of doctors who care for elite, or “weekend warrior,” athlete-patients who use performance-enhancing drugs; and the BMA policy recommendations.
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