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 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
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Quoted in:
  1. Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?