Last updated on: 11/21/2008 | Author:

Sam Shuster, PhD Biography

Emeritus Professor of Dermatology at Newcastle University
Pro to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"

“The ethical argument…disappears on examination. Sport is for enjoyment and competition, and usually aims to improve; but what is the difference between increasing skill and performance by training, and taking drugs?…

What is more ‘fair’ – the use of a team of sports specialists or a simple pill? What is the difference between training at altitude and taking erythropoietin to achieve a similar effect? And why are the strips of adhesive plaster on the nose – absurdly believed to increase oxygen intake – more acceptable than a drug which reduces airway resistance?”

“There’s No Proof That Sports Drugs Enhance Performance,” Guardian, Aug. 4, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Emeritus professor, Dermatology, Newcastle University
  • Honorary consultant, Department of Dermatology, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
  • Professor, Dermatology, University of East Anglia
  • Dermatologist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
  • Senior Lecturer, Institute of Dermatology, St. John’s Hospital for Diseases of the Skin
  • Member of Royal Colleges of Physicians (MRCP)
  • Fellow of Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)
  • PhD, University College London, 1956
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine), University College London, 1951
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is There an Ethical Difference Between Using Performance Enhancing Drugs and Using Performing Enhancing Technologies in Nutrition, Training, and Equipment?
  2. Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?