- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (May 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578060435
- ISBN-13: 978-1578060436
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Books by paramedics have flowed onto the market for at least a decade, giving readers drama and TV producers inspiration. Tangherlini offers something different. A folklorist, he reports the stories told by Alameda County (California) paramedics and explores what roles the stories play in their self-conceptions and their relations with colleagues and supervisors. For several months during an overall three-year period, Tangherlini rode and visited with almost 100 paramedics, male and female. He relays the expected dramatic incidents and also a thoughtful perspective on why and how these stories are told, on their different levels of meaning and purpose, and on how they portray the field. However it may sound, the book is more than an academic exercise. Its lively and understandable text extends its appeal from the readership of other investigators like Tangherlini to the general public. William Beatty --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As with the movie Bringing out the Dead, most EMS personnel either love or hate this book. If you are interested in urban EMS, either as an outsider or reflective insider, it is an excellent book. Should you find it degrading or negative, I think you're missing the point. These are the voices of people working well past the edges of what most EMS professionals consider normal. If you want "Johnny and Roy save the day" try Angels of Emergency.