Talking Trauma / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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 profanethe 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