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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804118825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804118828
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"THE STREET IS THE TOUGHEST PLACE TO WORK. . . . IT IS TRULY MEDICINE IN THE RAW--STABILIZE, LOAD, AND GO!"
--ECHO HERON
   Bestselling author of Intensive Care

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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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Peter Canning has been a full-time paramedic in the Greater Hartford area since January of 1995. His first book Paramedic: On the Front Lines of Medicine details his journey from speechwriter for the Governor of Connecticut to caregiver on the city streets. Rescue 471: A Paramedic's Stories is the sequel.

A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, Canning attended the Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of Virgina. He has worked many jobs in his life: tennis instructor, aide to United States Senator, taxi driver, meatpacker, line cook, telephone solicitor, book and movie reviewer, factory worker, health department administrator, speechwriter and political campaign director before finding his place in life as a paramedic.

His new novel: Mortal Men: Paramedics on the Streets of Hartford has just been published as an e-book available on Kindle and other e-book platforms.

A lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox, he and his family live in West Hartford, Connecticut.

His blog: Street Watch: Notes of a Paramedic can be found at www.medicscribe.com.


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Peter Canning does a great job of allowing readers to see his world with his honest and gritty writing.
Yvonne
I began reading this book while working my own shift (EMT-I, not a paramedic unfortunately) and as soon as a call came in I didn't want the put the book down and go!
A. Roberts
Simply stated, this book is an eloquently written account of the joy and horrors experienced by the men and women who serve in EMS.
David Vanengen

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chuck U Farley on May 9, 2005
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I thought PARAMEDIC was very good, but this book truly surpasses it, Canning develops a true wrting style that is hillarious at times, sad at others, but intense all the way through, if this is Cannings last book, then its a hell of a great note to end on. What really sets it apart from his last work is that it offers a more complete picture of the inner life of a medic rather than a selection of memorable snapshots of performance. exceptional.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Josh M. on December 7, 2002
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Peter Canning does an excellent job of making people understand the everyday life of EMTs. In being an EMT myself, I found myself glued to the book, reading of his experiences that are similar to the ones I've experienced. His writing style is awesome, as he defines each term and medicine, makes each call as gripping as the real thing, and tells of the struggles we, as EMTs, go through. Read Paramedic: On The Front Lines of Medicine, also by Canning. Both books are very exciting; Rescue 471 is really a sequel to Paramedic. Everyone should read this book to gain an understanding of how Emergency Medical Services work.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Virgil Brown VINE VOICE on April 29, 2006
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There are two types of people who will want to read this book: those who like adventure and those who want to see if EMS is for them. Peter Canning is a real-life paramedic in Hartford,

Connecticut, who once worked as a speech writer for former Governor Lowell Weicker. Both of Canning's books are full to bursting with real-life adventure. EMS crews in Hartford have little down time as they go from heart attack patient to auto wreck to infant not breathing to drug overdose. Canning takes his readers along through adventure after adventure at a dizzying pace.

At the same time, Canning shows some of the toll that EMS work takes on the people who do it. In his first book, Canning makes the job switch to EMS. His progression is the usual one from someone who is thrilled with the excitement of the work to someone who wants to earn the respect of his peers to someone who realizes that it's the patient that counts. In _Rescue 471_ Canning has become a well experienced paramedic.

But there are still struggles. Canning works his way through the times when EMS made the transition from a health need to a business dealing in medicine. His smaller EMS company is bought out by a larger one. There are new regulations promulgated by unknown faces. There's the worry about pay and jobs though one of Canning's friends reminds him that EMS companies still need "meat on the seat." Canning also works his way through the worker burnout caused by the long hours of work and dealing with stressful situations. One night Canning just doesn't care anymore. As he drives home, he speeds through the red traffic signals and arrives at his home breathless. I have to commend him for admitting how close he came to losing it.

EMS work in my part of the country is different yet so much alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "emtx" on April 28, 2000
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This books lets the reader see through the eyes of a paramedic. Peter Canning shares with us his feelings, his frustrations, his joys, and his love of his profession. As you progress through the book you start to see his feelings towards his patients and how he slowly starts to "burnout" from all the BS calls, needless deaths, and people who no longer care about society. Then he tells us his joys of passing a legacy of his mentors to his own student, an honor I would like to do someday. As an EMT, I have only seen 1% of the things Mr. Canning writes about but I feel the same emotions he felt when I encountered the same patients. There are also some EMS slang terms that I thought was really funny, like "peanut butter balls." Only EMS people know what that stands for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "emtforever" on September 9, 2001
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Keep on writing, Mr. Canning!!! The world needs to hear what you have to say!!! This book, to me, is a refreshingly honest account of the modern day EMS provider --- be it Basic, Intermediate or Paramedic level of care... Mr. Canning does a very good job of putting into words the "human" side of our work that general public does not often get to experience... An excellent read for anyone at all interested in people!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Vanengen on December 20, 2007
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Simply stated, this book is an eloquently written account of the joy and horrors experienced by the men and women who serve in EMS. Objective, moving, and holding nothing back, this book holds a special place on my bookshelf as an aspiring Paramedic. Kudos to Mr. Canning and everyone else like him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Doman on May 17, 2000
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I read Peter's first book and you could tell his speach writing back ground in his tales. This book talks more on our level. Being in EMS for 18 years(the last 12 as a Paramedic) I can relate to his feelings of burn out and wondering if it is time to move on. I enjoyed his tales most reminded me in some way of calls I have been on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2004
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I just finished reading the book and what I can say is a new chapter of eye-opening information has been opened up for me. I myself im interested in getting involved within the emergency field of medicine and this really gave me a new insight into what is involved physically and emotinally. Each turn of the page influenced me more and more to wanna get out there and help the people in need.
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