A Doctor’s Notes on Running

By  Brodie Ramin

Proposed format: jacketed hardcover 6” X 9” followed by a trade paperback

  • Manuscript: Available Now
  • Non-Fiction – Memoir, Motivation, Sports
  • ~70k words
  • All rights currently available


The evidence that we are insufficiently active in the West and across the globe is clear. The average American takes approximately 5,000 steps per day compared to 18,500 for an Amish man living without modern technologies. One third of the world’s population – over 2 billion people – do not engage in sufficient exercise per week. As diabetes and obesity reach ever-greater epidemic proportions, researchers are desperately looking for medications that can turn the tide.

Every day in his clinic Dr. Ramin sees cases of diabetes, hypertension and anxiety that he traces back to inactivity and a disconnection from nature. Every January people make New Year’s Resolutions to get fit and lose weight, every four years people are inspired by the Olympics to take up new sports, every day people are looking for inspiration and motivation to change their lives.

In The Perfect Medicine Dr. Ramin shares with us the open secret that we already have the perfect medicine to combat the diseases of modernity, but too few people are taking the right dose.  That medicine is exercise. 

The Perfect Medicine explores the science of running and exercise combined with stories from clinical medicine and advice on how to achieve optimal health and fitness. After rediscovering the joy of running in his early thirties, Dr. Ramin became fascinated by running.  The book takes the reader along on his journey through medical school and his development as a runner.  The book traces the evolution of running and shows the reader in engaging vignettes and clear language into the science of exercise and health.  Finally, The Perfect Medicine provides strategies to get fit and run faster. 

Dr. Ramin also works on the front lines of the opioid epidemic as an addiction doctor and shows how and why exercise can help people recover from addictions and mental health conditions, an aspect of exercise that is not widely discussed. In spring 2020, Dundurn Press will be releasing Dr. Ramin’s first book The Age of Fentanyl: Ending the Opioid Epidemic Now that explains why this is happening and what can be done to stop it. 

Reading The Perfect Medicine can help us make positive changes through better understanding and through seeing first hand how others have used exercise to improve their health.   

Dr. Ramin is an addiction physician, an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa and Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He studied at McGill University, the University of Cambridge and the University of Toronto.  He is the author of The Age of Fentanyl: Ending the Opioid Epidemic Now and an experienced and accomplished public speaker. 

THE PERFECT MEDICINE: A DOCTOR’S NOTES ON RUNNING by Dr. Brodie Ramin, is represented by the Kelly Consulting Agency. For more information, please contact Lloyd Kelly at or in the message box below.

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