ANABOLICS is a reference manual of drug compounds used to enhance body composition, strength, and/or athletic performance. This book includes an extensive review of the history, global availability, and application of anabolic/androgenic steroids, as well as related performance-enhancing drugs such as human growth hormone, insulin, anti-estrogens, diuretics, reductase inhibitors, and fat loss ("cutting") agents. The core focus of ANABOLICS is to provide a nonbiased and comprehensive review of the current medical science surrounding these drugs, as well as the practical (often nonmedical) protocols in which they are used by bodybuilders and athletes.The effort of this book is always to help readers understand the potential risks of these drugs, in addition to their benefits. ANABOLICS is not intended to promote steroid or other drug use, but is designed to help readers, may they be physicians, patients, or illicit users, better understand these drugs, and make well-informed decisions about them. The 9th Edition of ANABOLICS took two years to complete, and is the most extensive reworking of this book since it was first released in 2000. This edition is a very important achievement to me personally, as it most closely represents my original vision for a comprehensive reference book. While I am certainly very proud of previous editions, I had always felt there were areas of the book in strong need of revision. A lot has been happening in anabolic science, and unfortunately time-sensitive information about steroid use and availability often took priority during updates over more general areas of information. With the 9th edition, I was finally able to conduct a full front-to-back rebuild of ANABOLICS. This includes an extensive, and I believe extremely important, rewriting of many fundamental sections of this book. I hope it will help readers better understand how steroids can affect the body, both positively and negatively, and perhaps even develop better strategies for minimizing risks.