You Can Stop Humming Now by Daniela J. Lamas

You Can Stop Humming Now

"Gripping, soaring, inspiring."--Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal For readers of Atul Gawande and Jerome Groopman, a book of beautifully crafted stories about what life is like for patients kept alive by modern medical technology.Modern medicine is a world that glimmers with new technology and cutting-edge research. To the public eye, medical stories often begin with sirens and flashing lights and culminate in survival or death. But these are...

Details You Can Stop Humming Now

TitleYou Can Stop Humming Now
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreNonfiction, Medical, Health, Medicine

Reviews You Can Stop Humming Now

  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You Can Stop Humming Now is a non fiction memoir of sorts that takes us through the wonders of modern medicine by examining various patients past and patient under the care of Daniela Lamas. Rather than baffle you with science and facts, Lamas takes us on a journey through the emotional and physical side effects of people suffering from long term or chronic illnesses that 5, even 10...
  • Susannah
    A compassionate look at medical care from a clinician’s perspective. Dr. Lamas is a gifted writer in addition to being a sympathetic healer. This book should be required reading for every doctor in training. Truly gorgeous reading.
  • Kind Konfetti
    I went into this book wanting to learn more about the science and policies of my health care colleagues across the pond. My expectations quickly shifted as I realised this book was about the people we care for, their stories and the impact of medical interventions on them. Dr Lamas writes beautifully, full of compassion as she shares the highs and lows of patients experiencing the cutting edge of our latest advancements in medicine. The focus of ...
  • Michelle B
    I love reading about the work that medical doctors do and I hold good medical doctors in very high esteem. Daniela Lamas is one of those doctors and deserves recognition for the great work she does with a professional and yet compassion approach. She is a doctor who works in critical care in America. This is not a book about her day to life, rather each chapter focuses on a different area of criterial care and, in the main, deals with one or mayb...
  • Mary
    I enjoy reading books on medicine and I enjoyed this quite a lot. Lamas admits that she doesn't much about what happens when a critical care patient goes home, and I think that's probably true for most physicians. In fact, I'm sad to say that most probably don't know and don't even think about it. There are only so many Atul Gawandes and Jerome Groopmans to go around.I felt that I was learning with her how medical technology and other advancement...
  • Elizabeth Vazquez
    I read books about dying and death and medicine because I want to able to make informed decisions for my loved ones. This book discussed the medical devices that are able to keep very ill people alive longer and the difficult decisions that people face when they choose to take advantage of those devices. I was especially interested in the stories involving tracheotomy patients, since we had to make the decision to discontinue my own mother's life...
  • Barbara Tarnay
    I really enjoyed this book. The stories themselves were actually a bit on the depressing side, but I think the author has done an excellent job of portraying the not happily ever after ending most of us see in up lifting news stories. If you are fortunate enough to have little experience with chronic illness, this book will be an eye opener for you. I don't think most of us ask when do we stop trying to prolong life and what is the emotional cost...
  • Rosanne
    I thought this book by a critical care physician would be much like "Being Mortal", but I found it to be less informative. The author becomes curious as to what happens to patients she sees in the CCU after they leave and find themselves with a different life than they had before a health crisis occurred. Other than reporting on what she saw, she didn't spend much time discussing the dilemma of "how much is too much" when a patient is facing a he...
  • Joanne Mcleod
    As a physician, who also aspires to be a writer, this book is well written and very inspiring. As Daniela notes in the acknowledgements, “The path to becoming a doctor is relatively clear; the path to becoming a writer, less so.” She seems to be laying down a very clear path to follow.I believe this book should be required reading for every physician. It clearly shows there is a vast in between life and death that we very much need to conside...
  • Marie (UK)
    I have mixed feelings about this book. As an Ex critical care nurse (UK) I can read and understand the case histories provided. The US is, I feel, more proactive in moving patients with invasive therapies on. I haven't worked with ECMO patients but the idea of mobilising them seems alien to me and wither the US is light years ahead or my Critical care unit hasn't given me equable experience. the same can be said for LVAD devices although these ha...
  • Shelley
    This short book is made up of essay-chapters about patients who are, for the most part, on the periphery of the medical system in one way or another--waiting for a transplant, waiting to die, waiting to return to their lives, coping with life after TBI--and it's very interesting. It's very short, though, and anecdotal--more like a long piece in the Atlantic than a solid work of non-fiction (there is some element of memoir to it, as well, but not ...
  • Susan Krich
    This is a Goodreads book.The intro explains the journey Dr. Lamas went through from wanting to win at all costs to when to let go and make the patient comfortable.The different chapters depict different patients, what they went through and in the afterword, their results good and bad at the time the book was finished.This book is very thought provoking.When do you say enough is enough ? For all patients and their families there is no set in stone...
  • Theresa
    This is a really great book! It is not just about the ethics of the "miracle of modern medicine", which is what I thought it would be about, and having had a close family member go through this experience of life after ICU. It is more about the shifting attitudes towards quality of life and finding meaning when you look up and nothing in your life is how you had planned. Which is a good lesson for us all.
  • Anna
    I learned a lot here (particularly about the "in between") about the medical world that I had no knowledge of before. The stories are told with thoughtfulness and tenderness and really bring the people to life.
  • Carly
    A real eye opener into the medical world and patients lives. I loved this book, it made me want to be a doctor, I found myself trying to diagnose patients as I read it !! A must read !
  • Julie
    I loved this account from both doctor and patient perspective.
  • tisasday
    The flip side of what it means to have access to modern medical intervention. It gives another ring of meaning to the term "cutting edge".
  • Kim
    I just want to thank the author for her dedication to being a wonderful doctor and for sharing an insightful insider’s view. You are an incredibly gifted woman.
  • Sylvia
    I liked this book but my impression of the author was that she was aloof to her patients and never quite connected to them as humans.
  • Angie
    WOW great book to really see what happens in between the ICU and long term care.Everyone should read this!
  • Cathy
    Not the best of the genre. Didn’t feel she adequately discussed how to address end of life decisions with patients and families.
  • Vnunez-Ms_luv2read
    Very good book from a doctor with some of her patient's stories of various illnesses that they were dealing with. It was refreshing to see these stories and the affect it had on not only the patient but their families and the doctor. You could feel the doctor's compassion and her wanting to learn as well as help not only the patients but there families. It was heart-warming to feel the respect and the want to do as much as she could for her patie...
  • Meg
    As the patient with CF, I loved how she brought to life many of my experiences. She clearly captured all the joy, struggles, and fun in my life. I am grateful to be part of this book, and sincerely appreciate all the work she has done to bring awareness to Cystic Fibrosis.