Rescue 471: A Paramedic's Stories

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 23, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
TRUE LIFE-AND-DEATH DRAMA

In taut, thrilling prose, Peter Canning has written a book that captures the rarely seen real world of emergency medicine. A seasoned paramedic who fights under enormous pressure to save lives, Canning trains new paramedics for the rigors of a nonstop, action-packed battle. From a four-month-old baby who has stopped breathing to a sixty-seven-year-old woman with a strange abdominal mass that threatens to explode--these are gripping true stories from the "ER on the streets." An exciting, often moving account, Canning tells a powerful story of camaraderie, selflessness, and courage as paramedics try to stand tall and human through both defeat and victory.
 

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I purchased this for the purpose of researching paramedics for my forthcoming novel. The reviews on Amazon were quite good, and I can see why - this is a fast read, filled with information and action ... Read full review

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This book gives great insight on what people in the medical field feel and face as challenges occur. Not only does this book talk about the burnout in the EMS field but how others feel it throughout. Great READ!

Contents

SAVING LIVES 27
28
STORY OFA LIFE 53
55
TROUBLED MAN
81
RECOGNIZE 109
108
Dead Mans Poker
136
Gory Stories
145
IDont Want to Die
152
Body Count
160
Reason
197
Shaman
208
A Paramedic Again
224
Joe
239
Mr and Mrs Jones
245
You Aint Fooling Me
255
THE JOB
261
POSTSCRIPT
284

Stress
173
Mean Streak
179

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About the author (2011)

Peter Canning is a full-time paramedic in Hartford, Connecticut. A former speechwriter to Governor Lowell Weicker of Connecticut and top health aide whose duties included overseeing the emergency medical services system, Canning left his desk job in 1991 to become a paramedic on the city streets, a story chronicled in his first book--Paramedic: On the Front Lines of Medicine. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop.

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