You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor's Stories of Life, Death, and in Between

You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor's Stories of Life, Death, and in Between

"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...

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Title:You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor's Stories of Life, Death, and in Between
Author:Daniela J. Lamas
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  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 of prolonging it. I thought Lamas did a good job

    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 of prolonging it. I thought Lamas did a good job of portraying the medical system for the chronically very ill. There was no sugar coating, but it was obvious that she is a caring and compassionate dr. It should give everyone who reads it a jolt and reinforce the live for the day mentality. We are all just one car accident or virus away from the unthinkable.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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 health crossroad. I would have liked to learn more f

    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 health crossroad. I would have liked to learn more from her as to how she feels regarding balancing the life extending interventions of modern medicine with the emotional and physical costs to the patients and their families instead of just relating stories with a variety of outcomes.

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