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    Need info for a Report

    hey guys, Ive done a search and I found alot of the info i need. what i couldnt was were did steroids actually come from and how were they made? What year were they first used and who used them etc....

    The info i need is for school so please help me with this. besides that i still love learning more and more about steroids and body building so im doing this for my own knowledge as well. thanks.

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    In 1771, a doctor in Scotland had a hypothesis about testosterone and decided to take the testes from a rooster and place it in a hen. The hen started showing male characteristics and his hypothesis about the testes having to do with male characteristics was true. In 1849, a German scientist furthered this study by examining the effects of castration upon the secondary sex characteristics of roosters and proving the existence of a masculinizing substance produced in the testes and released through the bloodstream. In 1935, scientists working in Amsterdam succeeded in collecting ten milligrams of a chemical from one hundred kilograms of bull testes and identified this chemical as testosterone². They used Prisoners of War (World War 1) as guinea pigs and tested steroids on them and found their effects and benefits. That was the beginning of steroids.

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    1889 A French physiologist Charles Brown-Sequard markets a 'rejuvinating elixir' which is a liquid extract made from the testicles of guinea pigs and dogs. This is the first known product containing testosterone .
    1935 Testosterone is first synthesized by Butenandt and Ruzicka who earn a nobel prize in chemistry for the accomplishment.
    World War II German soldiers are said to be given testosterone to increase their performance on the battlefield.
    1940s Testosterone is first introduced into the sporting arena.
    1952 Russian olympic team performs extremely well at its first games in Helsinki. Accusations are made of steroid use , especially by the wrestling team.
    1953 The first anabolic steroid '19-nortestosterone' is synthesized. It has three to five times the muscle building effects of testosterone .
    1954 At the world weightlifting championships in Vienaa, a Soviet Union coach informs U.S. coach Dr. John Ziegler that the Soviet team was using testosterone. On returning home, Dr. Ziegler began using testosterone with his weightlifters.
    1950s - 1970s Steroid use spreads as more and more athletes begin using in order to compete against those who are allegedly already doing so.
    1975 Steroid use is banned by the International Olympic Committee.
    1980s The grey-market production and sale of steroids thrives.
    1984 First reported case of a bodybuilder contracting aids after sharing a needle for steroid use.
    1988 Sale of anabolic steroids for non-medical purposes becomes illegal under a new Food and Drug Act provision, the 'Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988'. 1
    1988 Ben Johnson, the Canadian sprinter who won the 100-meter race in the Summer Olympics, had his gold medal taken away when the steroid "stanozolol " was found in his urine.
    Nov 29, 1990 Anabolic Steroids become illegal to sell or possess without a prescription in the U.S. with the passage of the Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990 which adds Anabolic steroids to Schedule III of the Controlled Substance Act. 1

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    The Big T through the ages

    Before testosterone hit the collective consciousness, scientists had an inkling that the testes offered something special. In 1889, Charles Édouard Brown-Séquard, a French physiologist concocted a 'rejuvenating therapy for the body and mind'. His bizarre elixir was a liquid extract made from the testicles of guinea pigs and dogs. Brown-Séquard claimed his juicy liquide testiculair increased his physical strength and intellectual prowess, relieved his constipation, and get this, lengthened the arc of his urine.

    Centuries before, in a quest for the Viagra of the ancients, testis tissue was recommended as a fix for impotence. From aphrodisiac to medicinal marvel, the unsuspecting balls were destined for fame.

    For his early testicular adventures, Brown-Sequard has been coined one of the founders of modern endocrinology.

    Years of often extraordinary investigations culminated in the production of synthetic testosterone in 1935. The success of Butenandt and Ruzicka earnt them the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. And so, the modern persona of this hefty hormone was launched.

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