A Paramedic's Stories
By Peter Canning
(Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780804118828, 304pp.)
Publication Date: April 4, 2000
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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.
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.
"THE STREET IS THE TOUGHEST PLACE TO WORK. . . . IT IS TRULY MEDICINE IN THE RAW--STABILIZE, LOAD, AND GO!"
Bestselling author of Intensive Care