July 17, 1991

Anabolic Steroids: Altered States

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by James E. Wright and Virginia S. Cowart, 214 pp, with illus, paper $16.95, ISBN 0-936157-55-0, Carmel, Ind, Benchmark Press Inc, 1990.

JAMA. 1991;266(3):426-427. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470030128043

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Books about anabolic and androgenic steroids have been written for a variety of audiences—scientists, physicians, coaches, athletes, and laypersons. Anabolic Steroids: Altered States has successfully addressed all these groups by including something for everyone. The authors have organized the information in an extremely logical fashion that allows the reader to move effortlessly through the book, grasping the subject matter and understanding the issues.

The structure, function, and mechanisms of action of these drugs have been reduced to terms that should be easily understood by any person in high school and beyond. However, there is also sufficient information to be useful to the scientist and physician needing an introduction to anabolic steroids or in the early phases of investigation or education concerning these substances. For those who wish to delve deeper into the topic, the authors recommend additional references.