I remember listening to an interview by Louie Simmons where the topic of PEDs came up and he reaccounted seeing an ESPN broadcast from inside the locker room of an MLB team where there was bottles of dianabol on a table being provided to the athletes. This was some time in the 70s I believe.
I also read an article by Malcom Gladwell, called "The Drugstore Athlete", where he tells about the East German women's gymnastics team being forced to take anabolics by their coaches. Its an entertaining read and I think the article is posted on his website.
Also, I think it was the US and Russian olympic weightlifting teams that first started synthesizing and using these substances.
So, there was a period of time where steroids were readily available and taken by athletes without any consequences.
My question is when did steroid testing begin for the olympics? Also, when did commercial sports start testing for them?
Anyone have the answers to these.
Also, does anybody have any recommendations for books on the subject of the history of PED use?