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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 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.


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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 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.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Petra-X

    The author, a professor who put himself through college working in the ambulance service, has a very black sense of humour. As an example, when the author, with the help of the fire brigade, has to remove a very badly burned man from his vehicle after an accident, he refers to him as a 'crispy critter'. And that was by no means the worst. It reminds me of the days when I was training to be a croupier (before I got caught by my father and grounded) and the customers were referred to as Johns and The author, a professor who put himself through college working in the ambulance service, has a very black sense of humour. As an example, when the author, with the help of the fire brigade, has to remove a very badly burned man from his vehicle after an accident, he refers to him as a 'crispy critter'. And that was by no means the worst. It reminds me of the days when I was training to be a croupier (before I got caught by my father and grounded) and the customers were referred to as Johns and marks and assorted dickheads, but never to the faces. Fastest way out of the door would have been to let them see what we really thought of them. I think the Emergency Services do a fantastic job, but is this what they really think of the people they help? The author is obviously clever and can probably write well but he didn't demonstrate it in this one-mood book. Recommended as a time-passer in queues where you will never read more than a chapter at a time. Read like that, the book is quite an enjoyable diversion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Timko

    Loved the details of this book. Being in fight-or-flight and saving lives is for a certain type of person and this was action-packed. Never boring at all. Awesome, actually, esp what it was like to treat people on drugs and the absurdity of it all.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    I love well-written paramedic books and this was one of the best. Clark writes about his college days when he paid the bills by working on an ambulance during the night shift and occasionally a shift in the emergency room. While he never specifies the exact time period, the photos included in the book plus Clark's accomplishments post-graduation lead me to believe it was in the 1970s. However, if you would have told me that Clark just graduated college and the events took place within the last 1 I love well-written paramedic books and this was one of the best. Clark writes about his college days when he paid the bills by working on an ambulance during the night shift and occasionally a shift in the emergency room. While he never specifies the exact time period, the photos included in the book plus Clark's accomplishments post-graduation lead me to believe it was in the 1970s. However, if you would have told me that Clark just graduated college and the events took place within the last 10 years, I could have believed that too. The patients and experiences Clark writes about run the gamut from gang violence, to car accidents, to the only baby Clark ever assisted in delivering to the world while working as a medic. He did a great job of keeping the book focused by including anecdotes about his colleagues and others outside of the patients being served, but all related to the greater theme of each chapter. Also, there was a bit of a running plot, where Clark frequently mentioned his favorite nursing student at the ER, Holly and their swapping of stories. I actually thought they became a couple until I read the 'about the author' and a different woman is listed as his partner. He does allude to it being a temporary friendship/relationship towards the end of the book anyway. Like most paramedic books, I wish this one could be longer. At the same time, I realize that if Clark only worked on the ambulance a few times a week through college, not every call could be interesting enough to warrant inclusion in a book. Overall a great book, and sufficiently long for the time period it covered. Chapters were of moderate length, but I was able to put it down each night to go to sleep and pick it right back up the next night.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Briggs

    While some of the stories in this book were interesting, there was literally no cohesive flow to it. You might be able to call them short stories but some of them had parts of other stories from later in the book in them that were repeated later, and there was no timeline of when anything was happening. Sentences would blend from one topic completely into another. Reading this made me feel like I was slightly drunk, which only made me feel guilty because of the author's complete disdain and hatr While some of the stories in this book were interesting, there was literally no cohesive flow to it. You might be able to call them short stories but some of them had parts of other stories from later in the book in them that were repeated later, and there was no timeline of when anything was happening. Sentences would blend from one topic completely into another. Reading this made me feel like I was slightly drunk, which only made me feel guilty because of the author's complete disdain and hatred for people who consume alcohol. Glad I found this book on sale for $1.99 and didn't waste more money on it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jill Spinelli

    This is perhaps a very nuanced subject for a book, as there are many people who are unable to appreciate it fully. While the author's seems dark and possibly depressing in a way, he is speaking directly to the soul of the first responder. A sometimes twisted sense of humor, and a unique perspective are necessary tools in this field and there is more to what is seen daily than can be concisely explained. I definitely found this enjoyable and easy to relate to.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer GrandeCoffee

    My daughter is in explorer program to be a firefighter/ EMT and work her way up to paramedic. I saw this book at an outlet store and had to get it to read about the career she was choosing. I couldn't put it down! Great book especially if you know someone or maybe you are someone in the field( Thank you!) I often found myself telling my daughter about the different calls, and I kept saying you have to read this! I recommended this book to the explorer program as I feel it shows how a different a My daughter is in explorer program to be a firefighter/ EMT and work her way up to paramedic. I saw this book at an outlet store and had to get it to read about the career she was choosing. I couldn't put it down! Great book especially if you know someone or maybe you are someone in the field( Thank you!) I often found myself telling my daughter about the different calls, and I kept saying you have to read this! I recommended this book to the explorer program as I feel it shows how a different approach. Mind you this book is 11 years old so we have to keep that in mind when reading it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    kathi

    Very interesting book of a young mans life working on an ambulance in a big city....

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Pretty good, accurate account of a career as a paramedic. Easy to read & proper explanations. Well done. Pretty good, accurate account of a career as a paramedic. Easy to read & proper explanations. Well done.

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