The Electric Commentary

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Yao, The Guinea Pig

I really have to stop linking to Marginal Revolution so much, but they keep finding such good stuff over there. The following are excerpts from Operation Yao Ming: The Chinese Sports Empire, American Big Business, and the Making of an NBA Superstar by Brook Larmer:

In Yao, Wei had found the ultimate guinea pig on whom to test his theories about human growth and athletic performance...The rumpled researcher tried to accelerate the usually unhurried processes of traditional Chinese medicine...If those who helped engineer Yao's growth were proud of the way they harnessed traditional Chinese medicine, they showed reluctance to discuss a much more sensitive issue: rumors of the use of human-growth hormones...


You should definitely read the whole thing. (It is relatively short.)

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