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Edited by Martin Kane
September 11, 1972
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September 11, 1972


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"Self-discipline," he said. "I want that degree and I know I'll get it."


Racetrack tales of horses being doped to make them run faster have no validity, according to a French study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which has devoted an issue to the Olympics and athletics in general.

Over five years, the French scientists reported, they tried almost all the drugs implicated in horse doping and were unable to find one that could hypo a horse's speed or consistently improve its performance.

The same goes for human athletes, reported Dr. Donald L. Cooper, director of the Oklahoma State University Hospital and Clinic in Stillwater, who declared that in his experience "there is no good scientific evidence in all of the [medical] literature that any of these [drug] substances really helps the athletic performance of anyone." What happens is that such drugs as amphetamines, stimulating the brain's pleasure centers, make the athlete feel good, convincing him that he is doing better than usual, when in fact he may be doing poorly.

Dr. Cooper told of a former professional football player who used "bennies" twice in his career and got thrown out of both games for overaggressive, rough play.

"He thought at the time that he was the greatest defensive linebacker ever," Dr. Cooper said. Game films showed otherwise.


Not too many hotels admit dogs as guests, but Bob Fletcher, operator of Hall Hotel in Thornton-le-Dale, England, says he prefers them to people. For excellent reasons:

1) Dogs do not try to kiss chambermaids.

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