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April 14, 1999

Is There a Role for Androgenic Anabolic Steroids in Medical Practice?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.

JAMA. 1999;281(14):1326-1327. doi:10.1001/jama.281.14.1326

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.