Daniela Lamas is a critical care doctor treating people at their sickest and she is fascinated by the stories of what comes after for those who have had their lives extended by days, months, or years by modern medicine. Very often medical stories begin with sirens and flashing lights and culminate in survival or death. In her book, You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death, and in Between, Dr. Lamas takes a compassionate and uncompromising look at the choices and realities that many of us, and our families, may one day face.
In You Can Stop Humming Now, Lamas gives 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 A grandfather whose failing heart has been replaced by a battery-operated pump; a salesman who found himself a kidney donor on social media; a college student who survived a near fatal overdose and returned home,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. Atul Gawande calls it gripping, soaring, and inspiring.
Dr. Lamas will speak about her book at the Spring Author Talks at the Kingston Council on Aging on Thursday, June 6th at 7 p.m.
The ongoing author series is sponsored by the Kingston Public Library in partnership with the Kingston Council on Aging and Kingston Public Library Foundation. The series is sponsored by WATD 95.9 FM Radio. The author will provide copies of the book for sale and signing.
Light refreshments will be offered, and although the program is free, registration is requested. For more information or to register, visit the library’s online calendar at www.KingstonPublicLibrary.org, or call the Library at 781-585-0517 or the Kingston Council on Aging at 781-585-0512.