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My Ambulance Education: Life and Death on the Streets of the City

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by Joseph Clark
 

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The brutally honest story of an emergency medical technician.

At 18, Joseph Clark started working as an ambulance attendant to pay his way through college. For the next seven years he worked New York City's most dangerous neighborhoods as an emergency medical technician (EMT), dealing with the medical emergencies from drug overdoses, gang fights, car crashes and

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The brutally honest story of an emergency medical technician.

At 18, Joseph Clark started working as an ambulance attendant to pay his way through college. For the next seven years he worked New York City's most dangerous neighborhoods as an emergency medical technician (EMT), dealing with the medical emergencies from drug overdoses, gang fights, car crashes and worse, all while juggling schoolwork and a personal life.

His stories are a graphic portrayal of the life of an ambulance EMT. From dealing with a body that is frozen solid and trapped under a front porch to climbing into the burned-out wreck of a car to treat the seriously injured driver, Clark's stories are horrifying, poignant, touching and often filled with the dark humor that is so characteristic of the people who work under extreme stress.

My Ambulance Education is a testament to the medical first responders who scramble to provide the on-the-spot care so vital to the survival of victims. EMTs struggle daily (and nightly) with emotional strain, sleep deprivation and, inevitably, burnout.

Editorial Reviews

Lethbridge Herald - Garrett Bishoff
Clark carries the reader along his emergency ride of screaming sirens, gunshots and bloody messes... The stories are not a list of Clark's experiences but a continuous, flowing story. This is what makes the book so good... [It] gives us an appreciation for the efforts of the emergency medical services and is an eye-opener to the everyday things we don't think about that help or hamper [them]... A very good read in itself and a must-read for anyone with at least a small interest in the medical profession.
The Spectrum (St. George UT) - Terri Schlichenmeyer
My Ambulance Education is a lot like that accident on the highway: you want to look, but you don't want to see. That's because this is a darn good memoir, but the graphically gruesome, stomach-clenching tales might mean trouble for delicate readers. Clark doesn't candy-coat anything and his stories are often blunt, yet respectful. He's particularly gracious to colleagues in the fire and police departments and the Emergency Departments to which he transports patients.... In the end, Clark is honest about why he got out of the biz, but he clearly doesn't regret his time spent in the back of a rig. Despite the blood-and-guts — can I warn you enough? — I liked this book a whole lot and I think you will, too.
BethsBookReviewblog.blogspot.com
This one gets nine stars. It was a nice read—fascinating, fast moving, and very well written. It had the feel of House's Wilson in an ambulance. The book was immediately engrossing and tastefully dealt with potentially icky experiences while still being refreshingly honest. The author is also the Dean Koontz of memoir writers - successfully blending the horror of the job with humor. This is definitely recommended for medical drama fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554074471
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
03/27/2009
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,322,725
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Joseph F. Clark, PhD, is a scientist, researcher and faculty member in the University of Cincinnati's Department of Neurology, specializing in the causes and treatments of stroke. The author or coauthor of numerous articles in scientific journals and three scientific textbooks, he lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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My Ambulance Education: Life and Death on the Streets of the City 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the professional yet down to earth writing of true experiances. Throughly enjoyed this book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Clark takes the reader on a true and real journey of the little known or seen life of an EMT. The recollections are reality based, sometimes brutally so, but always with the dignity of the players kept in mind. This book will help people better understand and appreciate the work the EMT's do on a daily basis. The work we really don't think or worry about until we need their help. While the heroes of 9/11 will always be in the forefront of our minds, let us not forget the other EMT's who have and continue to keep our world safe. This should be required reading for all prospective nurses and doctors!