You Can Stop Humming Now
A critical care doctor's breathtaking stories about what it means to be saved by modern medicineModern 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 only the most visible narratives. As a critical care doctor treating people at their sickest, Daniela Lamas is fascinated by a different story: what comes after for those whose lives are extended by days, months, or years as a result of our treatments and technologies?In You Can Stop Humming Now, Lamas explores the complex answers to this question through intimate accounts of patients and their families. A grandfather whose failing heart has been replaced by a battery-operated pump; a salesman who found himself a kidney donor on social media; a college student who survived a near fatal overdose and returned home, alive but not the same; and a young woman navigating an adulthood she never thought she'd live to see -- these moving narratives paint a detailed picture of the fragile border between sickness and health.Riveting, gorgeously told, and deeply personal, You Can Stop Humming Now is a compassionate, uncompromising look at the choices and realities that many of us, and our families, may one day face.

You Can Stop Humming Now Details

TitleYou Can Stop Humming Now
Author
ReleaseMar 27th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
ISBN-139780316393171
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Medical, Science, Autobiography, Memoir

You Can Stop Humming Now Review

  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    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, years ago they might not have survived due to th 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, years ago they might not have survived due to the amazing advances in medicine. It's a very human approach to an often aseptic topic. As a student I was always taught the importance of evidence based practice. We can only continue to improve and grow as a profession within medicine if we have the means and foresight to continually expand our knowledge and abilities. This book is a perfect example of that. Lamas speaks with passion and empathy as she relays the stories of several patients who've directly benefitted from such treatment, and what it knw means to survive past an expected 'expiration date'. Patients include a kidney transplant recipient who found his donor through Facebook, a woman with cystic fibrosis nearing her 40th birthday when she wasn't expected to live past 30, and a number of patients suffering from chronic pulmonary or cardiac diseases who fought through time in ITU with the help of various ingenius machines or devices to reach a purgatory existence on the other side. Lamas has a history in ITU care, and as such most of the patients discussed have some form of background spent here. This was a refreshing side to understanding medical care which I haven't read before, and it was also nice to hear from a medical professional across the pond. As a stoic advocate for the NHS, the American 'care' system baffles me greatly, and this resonates throughout the book with some mentions of limited insurance payouts for rehabilitation centres and endless cycles of paperwork for pharmaceuticals. Thank goodness we don't that kind of health system. Getting back to the stories themselves, it's clear that Lamas has a passion for healthcare and a high regard for all the patients and colleagues she speaks of. There's some lovely little snippets of stories that show levels of dedication that go above and beyond the duty of care and endless warmth for patient care that shines through. An interesting read, and one I would highly recommend for people interested in the amazing advances in medicine that are greatly changing the face of modern medicine as we know it.
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  • Susannah
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    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 the book was entirely on the people we work toward 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 the book was entirely on the people we work towards saving/ prolonging life rather than about Dr Lamas' career but I am sure she has had a journey many would love to read about. I appreciate that the realities of the darker side of medicine are briefly touched upon when Dr Lamas explains patients give up one set of crappy reality for another set of unexpected crappiness in the hope of disease improvement, but overall the message of the book is about hope. Thank you to Dr Lamas for her work, to the people who shared their stories, and to the publishers and netgalley for my e-arc. I don't usually mention covers in my reviews but I love the simplistic design of my e-arc cover with the stethoscope and can't wait to pick up a physical copy once these hit the bookshelves. Definitely recommend to all involved/interested in healthcare provision and those who love stories of everyday people overcoming challenges.
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  • Michelle B
    January 1, 1970
    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 maybe a couple of patients who she has dealt with duri 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 maybe a couple of patients who she has dealt with during her time working in those areas.Critical care is an area which has come on in leaps and bound in recent years due to advancements in technology, medical research and of course general improvements in health and hygiene standards for many. For example, she discussed cases where an implant can keep people’s heart going, by ‘jump starting’ in a way that was just not possible until recently.Another fascinating case discussed is that of a woman with cystic fibrosis who was told at the age of 15 she would not make it 30. Although she had known she was poorly, she’d never her life would be cut so short. She set about to proof the doctors wrong and planned to have the biggest party ever on her 30th birthday party. Today, there are many people living beyond 40 with CF.The opening story from where the title of the book is gained is also a lovely one. I won’t say any more only that it is worth buying and reading the book just for that story alone (although it is discussed throughout the book so you can’t just read the first chapter to get the full benefit of the story!).Another of my favourite story’s is that of a man who tired of waiting for a kidney transplant, whilst having thrice weekly kidney dialysis,so he became determined to try to find his own from a living donor. Another inspiring story.A well written and insightful book that reminds us of the advancements in medical technology whilst also posing the question in some cases is it always for the best (bearing in mind some of the terrible effects that long term stays in ICU can have on patients mental and physical well-being).Highly recommend.Thanks to NetGalley for a free Kindle copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    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 enough to really feel like a memoir). I would love 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 enough to really feel like a memoir). I would love to see a longer, more thorough piece.
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  • Susan Krich
    January 1, 1970
    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 answer and it is interesting to see what they had 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 answer and it is interesting to see what they had to deal with especially with modern medical advances.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this account from both doctor and patient perspective.
  • Vnunez-Ms_luv2read
    January 1, 1970
    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 patients. Highly recommended read. Thanks to NetGalley, 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 patients. Highly recommended read. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.
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  • Den
    January 1, 1970
    I am reviewing this book for Daniela Lamas, Little, Brown Book Group UK, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review.This is a book which looks at the good and bad points of being a patient. Well worth a read
  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    The author captures the dilemma created by the way medicine stretches our lives. She tells stories of people who experienced saving efforts and did not escaped unscathed. I appreciate the thoughtful presentation.
  • Ellen Brickley
    January 1, 1970
    This book poses questions rather than answering them, or even exploring them - the big question is, at what point is saving a life no longer a desirable objective? But there isn't an easy answer to that question. If it's a question that interests you, this book presents an absolutely fascinating perspective. It's also very well-written and compassionately observed.
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