Talking Trauma / Edition 1

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Overview

As they race to and from emergency calls, as they wait and watch, and as they administer aid to the traumatized, paramedics tell stories. Their tales disclose much about how they view their own profession. Their duties are much more complex than the dramatic portrayals that reach the living room via the television screen. This book reports what really goes on behind the scenes. The reader of Talking Trauma has a virtual front seat in the ambulance.

Here the focus is not on the mechanics of the job but rather on paramedics’ work culture and their well-established storytelling tradition. The stories they tell are cynical, flip, and profane—the very antithesis of “heroic” in the romantic sense. Their narratives evince an “anti-epic” quality that intentionally trivializes the conventional immensities of pain and horror. Paramedics present the gothic as “business as usual,” and mainly their stories are intended only for the ears of other paramedics.

Their stories afford a shockin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578060436
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Everybody's Got Stories
Ch. 1 Does it Take Any Training? 3
Ch. 2 Places You Wouldn't Go for a Thousand Dollars 32
Ch. 3 There Was Brain for Half a Block 61
Ch. 4 You See the Weirdest Things Out Here 88
Ch. 5 515Os, Suicides, and All the Other Crazies 112
Ch. 6 Can You Save the Baby? 137
Ch. 7 What's the Grossest Thing You've Ever Seen? 158
Ch. 8 You Never Know What Management Is Thinking 180
Conclusion 209
Notes 217
Glossary 231
Works Cited 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2005

    Never look at an ambulance the same way again

    A glimpse into a world I live in. The commentary, despite what some reviewers say, is spot-on, and helps explain how stories are used in the bizarre world of EMS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    eh....

    The stories were trite and not an accurate portrayl of EMS. The commentary between stories was uninformative and overly dramatic.

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