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May 18, 1963

Current Status of Anabolic Steroids

Author Affiliations

Albany, N. Y.

From the Department of Medicine and the Subdepartment of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Albany Medical Center Hospital and Albany Medical College of Union University.

JAMA. 1963;184(7):527-532. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700200049009

The clinical usefulness of anabolic agents—testosterone and the newer synthetic steroids—has not been clearly defined. After re-examining their position regarding the status of these drugs, the authors conclude that these agents are useful when specific clinical indications exist. Effective use of these compounds depends upon a knowledge of the anabolic effects desired, of the recommended dosage schedule of the drug selected, and of the side effects and contraindications. In the majority of cases, when a clinically effective anabolic agent is needed, the synthetic steroids available at present do not appear to offer any pronounced advantages over the proper use of testosterone.