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A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back (edició 2016)

de Kevin Hazzard (Autor)

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"A former paramedic's visceral, poignant, and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta's mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe. In the aftermath of 9/11 Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life--his days were too safe, too routine. A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger. He signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. His life entered a different realm--one of blood, violence, and amazing grace. Thoroughly intimidated at first and frequently terrified, he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. But in his downtime, Kevin reflected on how people's facades drop away when catastrophe strikes. As his hours on the job piled up, he realized he was beginning to see into the truth of things. There is no pretense five beats into a chest compression, or in an alley next to a crack den, or on a dimly lit highway where cars have collided. Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened: Kevin acquired mastery. And in the process he was able to discern the professional differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each--as he termed them--as "a tourist," "true believer," or "killer." Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life's fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst, A Thousand Naked Strangers is an absorbing read about one man's journey of self-discovery--a trip that also teaches us about ourselves"--… (més)
Membre:MysteryTea
Títol:A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back
Autors:Kevin Hazzard (Autor)
Informació:Scribner (2016), Edition: Second Printing, 288 pages
Col·leccions:Llegit, però no el tinc
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:at-vpl, autobiography

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A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back de Kevin Hazzard (Author)

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Kevin Hazzard decided after 9/11 to leave his career in journalism and enter EMT school. In total, he spent some nine years working as an EMT and paramedic in Fulton County, Georgia, and the city of Atlanta. The book chronicles Hazzard's adventures and experiences in an ambulance, recounting a large number of the calls he ran and also reflecting on his own continually-changing attitude toward the profession.

I realized recently that, though I typically really like medical memoirs, more or less the only ones I'd read were written by doctors, and I was interested in getting a broader look at the medical professions. This book definitely delivered on that, and I found it really interesting to read about what EMTs do. (Did you know that an EMT is not the same thing as a paramedic? I did not, but apparently paramedics are a special type of EMT with fairly substantial further medical training on e.g. using medications and intubating.) I listened to the audiobook and thought that it was really well-done.

Do be warned, though, that this book has some pretty graphic descriptions of the scenes that Hazzard encountered that were really just at the edge of what I could tolerate. There are also some lengthy descriptions suicide attempts that could be too much for some potential readers. ( )
  forsanolim | Apr 17, 2021 |
I enjoyed peeking into the world of EMT's and Paramedic's but there was way too much navel gazing in this for my taste. Maybe that's the standard for this line of work but it does not make for interesting reading. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
An interesting memoir by an EMT (later medic) that does a really good job of showing both the craziness and the humanity of both patients and caregivers. EMS attracts a broad range of people - just like every other position in the medical field - but it has a lower barrier to entry then other medical jobs so you get a really broad range. Having worked in various medical jobs, a lot of this really resonated with me. Sometimes you're absolutely at the top of your game, sometimes you're just hoping to get through the shift without making a mistake. There's a few bits in here that are not for the squeamish, but on the whole it's kept fairly clean. ( )
  duchessjlh | May 6, 2020 |
A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back promises a multitude of crazy, insane stories about life in an ambulance.
Does it deliver? I think not.
Even with a few gems throughout the chapters, a huge majority seems like more of a reflection piece by Hazzard. Really, just a pity party.
Maybe I just had too high of expectations, with the title and knowing people in similar fields, but I wanted more of the crazy accidents, bonkers patients, and just “what the hell” moments.
The stories seem like they would just be better being told in person, maybe around a table, few close friends, having a laugh at the crazy thing called life.
With that, I can see how people would love this. Parts can be witty, a few stories did strike me as hilarious, and Hazzard is a great writer. It just is not for me. ( )
  JPetersonReads | Dec 23, 2018 |
This is a memoir of the author's life as an EMT/paramedic (They are different--an EMT requires 8 months of training; a paramedic requires 18 additional months of training for certification). He discusses how he chose this profession, the training required, and his initial job as an EMT for a private ambulance company which mostly transported nursing home patients and wasn't too picky about its employees or billing Medicaid. Later he obtained a position with the ambulance service for a large trauma hospital in Atlanta, and along the way went back to get additional training to become a paramedic. The book is episodic, with each chapter centered on a call or event.

The Good: This was an interesting look at a paramedic's job. These people seem to handle everything that comes at them calmly and professionally, and they never seem to lose their cool with difficult people, i.e. drunks and psychotics. He told dozens of stories, but it was never repetitious and I was never bored.

The Bad: Some of the descriptions of gore were pretty graphic, and I got the feeling that the author was sometimes almost relishing, or at least pretty nonchalant about, all the gore.

I will say he has a pretty good name for a paramedic, no? (Hazzard)

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  arubabookwoman | Jun 19, 2018 |
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"A former paramedic's visceral, poignant, and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta's mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe. In the aftermath of 9/11 Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life--his days were too safe, too routine. A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger. He signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. His life entered a different realm--one of blood, violence, and amazing grace. Thoroughly intimidated at first and frequently terrified, he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. But in his downtime, Kevin reflected on how people's facades drop away when catastrophe strikes. As his hours on the job piled up, he realized he was beginning to see into the truth of things. There is no pretense five beats into a chest compression, or in an alley next to a crack den, or on a dimly lit highway where cars have collided. Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened: Kevin acquired mastery. And in the process he was able to discern the professional differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each--as he termed them--as "a tourist," "true believer," or "killer." Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life's fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst, A Thousand Naked Strangers is an absorbing read about one man's journey of self-discovery--a trip that also teaches us about ourselves"--

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