Thursday, September 10, 2009

Review: My Ambulance Education by Joseph F. Clark

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.

Received from the author for review.

This was a trade paperback printed on the most lovely, silky paper (think elementary school workbooks), and so had the smell. You know that smell. It pulls you into a sense of peace and immediately makes you like the book. Due to the nature of the lovely paper it was quite a heavyweight book, so no single handed reading on this one.

Some of the stories were rather disturbing, and it seems that some patients would have been better off if they had died at the scene. No one deserves what some of these people had to suffer.

There was a nice section of photographs which helped to give faces to the people you were reading about.

This one gets nine stars. It was a nice read - fascinating, fast moving, and very well written. It had the feel of House's Wilson in an ambulance. The book was immediately engrossing and tastefully dealt with potentially icky experiences while still being refreshingly honest. The author is also the Dean Koontz of memoir writers - successfully blending the horror of the job with humor. This is definitely recommended for medical drama fans.

Rating: ★★★★★


Ryan G said...

What a great review. Not sure I would ever read it but you sure got my interest piqued into picking it up if I ever see it.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Ryan here. Great review!

Natalie W said...

Sounds like an interesting read. Adding another to my growing list !

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