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Performance Enhancers: From Battlefield to Playing Field

Thomas M. Hunt
Board of Contributors
Mar 6, 2018 | 15:29 GMT
Germany may have been the first to back official use of amphetamines in warfare, but the use of performance enhancers in the world's militaries did not stop there.

German soldiers in World War II were supplied with amphetamines in one of the first instances of performance enhancers being used in combat.

(STF/AFP/Getty Images)

From the very beginning, a link has existed between the battleground and the playing field on the issue of performance enhancement. The amphetamines that helped soldiers push beyond their human limits during World War II soon made their way into athletics. Whether on the gridiron or at the baseball park,...

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