You Can Stop Humming Now by Daniela Lamas

You Can Stop Humming Now

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 only the most visible narratives. As a critical care doctor treating ...

Details You Can Stop Humming Now

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

Reviews You Can Stop Humming Now

  • Petra X
    Why, "You can stop humming now"? Humming increases the pressure in the chest. The author was about to pull out an intravenous line and before she would be able to cover the little hole with a dressing an air bubble might enter the patient's body, travel to his heart and kill him! So she told him to hum to increase the pressure. After the dressing was applied, he could stop humming!I quite enjoyed this book, it had a more unusual angle than most, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jackie
    It gets 4 from me because of the interesting topic and subtle presentation of such. I had never really thought about there being a group of patients who spend much of their last years suspended between life and death. The irony is there are increasingly more of these people because of the myriad advances in medical care. People who would have died a decade ago are left alive but only partially so.The reason the book is not a 5, in my opinion, is ...
  • Neil
    I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. An Emotional and sometimes upsetting insight into critical care for patients.A riveting read throughout.
  • Kirsti
    Shortly after I started this book, I felt as if I were falling into it. I got completely caught up in the author's world, even though I am not a doctor or a transplant patient. I knew that sometimes people experience delirium while in a hospital, but I didn't know that people can have PTSD related to that delirium. Even though the person with PTSD knows that the hospital was the safest place and the threats were not real, the body reacts as if th...
  • Emily
    This was fine. Lamas is a capable writer and the stories are both interesting and moving. When I finished it, though, I was left not quite sure what point she was trying to make. Without a connective thread beyond "these people spent time in the ICU and only survived, when they did, due to amazing medical advances," the book felt kind of voyeuristic and exploitative. What were we supposed to take way, exactly?Audio production also fine. A few int...
  • Eleanor
    Maybe it's me. I stopped reading this book about 2 anecdotes in. It's like romance/suspense books--so few authors do it as well as Mary Stewart, that they're just not worth reading. Having inhaled (over and over) Oliver Sacks' and Atul Gawande's books, this one is just.not.there. IMO, she could be, someday. There's talent here--it's a gift to not only be able to retain the humanity of medicine, but also to be able to convey it to laypeople in way...
  • Julie
    Daniela Lamas has written a book about many of the patients she has looked after in her years in medicine. As well as talking about the care they receive in the critical units of the hospital, she goes and talks to some of the patients after they have been discharged to see how their lives have been impacted by illness, and how their recovery is going. For many doctors they often see their patients for a limited amount of time, but the patient ma...
  • 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.
  • Jill
    These stories were directly relevant to my work on a hospital oncology floor, and reminded me of many ethically murky cases we've had. It was helpful to read about Lamas' reflections to help me process my own. At the same time, I was disappointed that sometimes it seemed she repeated herself without adding anything in the reflection, merely a summary... and re-summary. Could have been some tighter editing. Regardless, I'll likely recommend it to ...
  • Stella Fouts
    Interesting, but that's about the best comment I can make. I was taken aback by the fact that the author crossed the line (and she admitted it) when she accepted a patient's friend request on Facebook. But I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth after reading that she visited his page more than once (stalking?), but never responded to his question to her. And then she writes an article about him - and then makes that her leading story for this...
  • Kathy H
    This book was well written and opened my eyes fully to the horror of palliative care and what that really means. My takeaway is that there are lots of things worse than dying. I left it depressed and desperately afraid of head injuries. Our medical situation in America doesn't even work for normal injuries and illnesses. Head injuries are just stacked up and intubated and left to live out years with no quality of life. Terrifying.
  • 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...
  • John
    A bunch of disjoint stories.For Atul Gawande having endorsed the book, I had higher expectations from the writing style. I felt that it was too dry... to clinical... too disconnected. #1, #2 and #9 drew me and tried to establish a connection between me, a reader, and patients and their families' experiences.The rest read like notes at the end of her rotation!I'm in no way dismissing the passion the author has for her work, and/or life in the ICU....
  • 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.
  • DW
    This book reminded me of This Won't Hurt a Bit: (And Other White Lies): My Education in Medicine and Motherhood, but I liked this book much better. This Won't Hurt a Bit seemed to chronicle the author's slide from really caring about her patients to a scene that I can't get out of my head, of her chatting casually about weekend plans with another doctor over the head of the dying patient whom they are intubating, whose extended family is sobbing ...
  • Yuhan
    Passages from the bookpp5-6The days went by until one morning, my patient told me he was done. You can't be done, I thought. You're still bleeding. ...He was ninety years old, and he was only getting weaker in the hospital, not better. Even though I knew that, even though I felt a little nervous and guilty when I saw him each morning, I found his words unexpected and insulting. So I tried to negotiate. ... I needed him to understand that if he st...
  • 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...
  • Victoria Murata
    Lamas is a pulmonary and critical care doctor in Boston. She begins her narrative ten years ago when she was a resident, and she describes cases that have obviously stuck with her over the years because of their complexity, or because the patient and the patient's family are memorable. I hope that if I ever need critical care, I have a doctor like Lamas who not only treats the physical symptoms, but understands the emotional trauma that goes with...
  • Lorie Kleiner Eckert
    You Can Stop Humming Now is written by a Dr. Daniela Lamas, a pulmonary and critical care doctor. She writes about all sorts of medical advances, many of them extreme. For instance, she tells us about VAD, a left-ventricular assist device, that is implanted into a patient to help a failing heart but leaves the patient’s body itself dependent on a battery. A cable called a driveline runs from the implanted device, through a hole in the abdomen, ...
  • 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...
  • Ellen Pilch
    Despite the sad topic, I truly enjoyed this book. The author writes about when she was in medical school and making the rounds in the ICU. At one point, she accepts a FB friend request from a critically ill patient close to her in age. It is so she can see the photos of places he traveled. She worries about it breaking a boundary so when he writes to her, she doesn't answer. Sadly, he passes away. Part of this book brings up the point of boundari...
  • 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...
  • Emelia LaFortune
    I really enjoyed reading this book. I appreciated the cute title that references how we ask patients to hum as we pull their central lines. I feel like I could have met so many of these patients throughout my time in the ICU, but I don’t have the opportunity to see how most of them do after they leave our doors. From Post ICU Syndrome, chronically critical illness, VAD vs. transplant, ECMO and lung transplantation, Kidney transplant over the in...
  • 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...
  • Elizabeth
    This book helped me realize that "advances" in medicine may not always prove beneficial or healthy for chronically ill people and their families. The stories and experiences shared were insightful. I applaud Dr. Lamas for taking the time and initiative to get to know patients and their families and to see them as people instead of problems/people to "fix". The research on PTSD with intensive care unit survivors was also shocking and eye-opening. ...