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The "Library in a Book" series provides an introductory compendium of facts and resources for high school students and researchers. Brevity is its hallmark, but this comprehensive outline of issues swirling around drugs and sports, another hot topic often chosen for school reports, creates an ideal launching point for study. Within various sports, a list of allowable drugs is a moving target, and Pampel (sociology, Univ. of Colorado), who has authored other entries in the series (e.g., Threats to Food Safetyand Racial Profiling) manages to convey the complexity of segregating "natural" drugs from synthetic ones. He traces the history of enhancement drugs from ancient Greek times to today, provides case studies, and discusses legislation, scandals, testing, and international rules. Specific topics include the role of sports leagues and the government in controlling drug use and whether or not teens are encouraged by professional athletes to experiment with performance-enhancing drugs. Alongside mainstream thinking, Pampel offers reasoned minority views. Overall, his treatment is balanced, and the court cases and medical information he appends allow researchers to come to their own conclusions about the effects of doping on athletes and the athletic establishment. A chronology of major events, a glossary, and an annotated bibliography make convenient additions.