Cathryn Jakobson Ramin – Author • Journalist • Speaker
I’m a journalist, essayist, lecturer and the author of Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife. I’m currently at work on Crooked, a book about the back pain industry.
Hot Off the Press: Honored to receive the Endocrine Society’s Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism for my article “The Hormone Hoax Thousands Fall For” published in the October 2013 issue of More magazine. Read the press release.
“Cathryn what’s-her-name has written an understandable, enjoyable, highly informative book about memory and mental acuity—and all the things that plague and hamper them as we age.”
– Mary Roach, author of Stiff, Spook, Bonk and Packing for Mars
“An enlightening and rather reassuring new book on fading memory in midlife…”
– Jane Brody,
Truthfully, the field of “ergonometrics” is more closely related to marketing than to science. But if you spend most of your waking hours with your backside in a chair, there are useful options to consider. Here, Cathryn separates the wheat from the chaff with David Kahl, the founder of ErgoDepot.
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Like most of my work in the past three decades, the inspiration for my newest project emerged from a personal problem. I’d struggled with a persistent backache and sciatica for years. At fifty, I realized that if I didn’t do something about it, not only would I never lift my future grandchildren, I might not be able to put on my own socks.
Like millions of other back pain patients, I was overwhelmed with ill-defined options for treatment. Which would work? Which would simply drain my wallet? And which might actually leave me in worse shape than when I’d started? As I probed, I began to see the bigger picture. Hoards of back pain sufferers, all of us desperate for relief, were at the mercy of a huge and poorly regulated industry. Thus began an exacting three-year effort to separate fact from fiction.
I traveled around the world for Crooked: Money, Medicine & Manipulation in the Back Pain Industry, interviewing specialists in many disciplines. I spent hundreds of hours talking to patients and collecting their stories. My goal is to deliver timely and accurate information that shatters widely accepted presumptions about when surgery is needed, the usefulness of injections, the benefits of pain management, and the prospects for complete rehabilitation.
Well, it was a long time in coming — six years, conservatively — but I’m happy to announce that the book formerly known as The Fragile Column, and now (more accurately) titled Crooked, will be published by HarperCollins in April 2017. I interviewed 500 people, and traveled around the world in my quest to discover better ways to deal with a bad back. Stand by, because this book will shatter presum … Read full post