45. When the Back Breaks: An Investigative Reporter Reveals All on the Back Pain Industry

Saturday, June 3 | 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
  • Current Affairs

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

“Write about what hurts” is a common maxim for writers, but for investigative journalist and author Cathryn Jakobson Ramin (‘Carved in Sand’), the motivation was literal. She spent years and a small fortune trying to manage her chronic back pain. When nothing worked, she took an investigative look at the reality of spine medicine, and the results were not pretty. Expensive, ineffective, sometimes illegal and often harmful, she found that the $1 billion-dollar back pain industry exemplified the worst aspects of the U.S. health care system. Now she explains what works, what doesn’t, and how to get on the road to recovery.

David Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

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