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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
|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|
Posted July 30, 2005
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2004