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 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 A grandfather whose failing heart has been replaced by a battery-operated pump; a salesman who found himself a kidney donor on social media; a college student who survived a near fatal overdose and returned home,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, beautifully 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.
"Gripping, soaring, inspiring...Read it." (Atul Gawande, author of the international best seller Being Mortal)
"You Can Stop Humming Now is essential reading on what it means to be human in an age of medical technology. I couldn't put it down." (Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body)
"In turns anguishing, gripping, and hopeful, You Can Stop Humming Now is a must-read for anyone contemplating what medicine holds in store for us." (Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Feel)
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The Times gave it a good review, but it didn't work for me. I found the patient stories weren't compelling and I struggled to empathise with them.
Narrator is blessed with a young sounding voice, but you need an older and more authoritative one for this type of story.