Author Affiliation: Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
Androgenic anabolic steroids (AASs) have been touted as either a poison or a panacea.
Members of the lay community, particularly athletes, have long claimed
that the anabolic steroids have muscle-building potential that results
in improved physical functioning. The medical community has countered
that these drugs are dangerous and are associated with multiple adverse
effects. At long last, some quality clinical research is being done to
determine whether AASs have any legitimate role in medical therapeutics
and, if so, in which patient populations.
Dobs AS. Is There a Role for Androgenic Anabolic Steroids in Medical Practice?. JAMA. 1999;281(14):1326-1327. doi:10.1001/jama.281.14.1326