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 The Fragile Column, 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,
Here, you’ll find a collection of videos I’ve created over the past several years, addressing various aspects of back pain. Hate how your back feels on your bike? Want to fall in love with your chair? Wondering how safe epidural steroid injections are, or whether you should give up high heels? Like to know how they treat back pain in a non-operative hospital in Seoul? You’ll find your answers here. And check back often — the collection is growing!
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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 THE FRAGILE COLUMN, 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.
Liz Savage, Guest Blogger A dense fog shrouds the church spires across the street, and I’m bundled up in a blanket and warm socks as I write. In San Francisco, where I live, you wouldn’t know it was summer. My poor plants are certainly confused. But in the rest of the country, you and your flora are enjoying prime gardening season—and a prime time for back pain. Avid horticulturalists know … Read full post