The Ambulance: A History

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McFarland, 2009 - Transportation - 382 pages
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This book reviews 800 years of ambulance development, looking not only at the vehicles themselves, but also telling the stories of the men and women who served on them and who created the medical systems in which they operated. The purpose of the book is two-fold. First, it attempts to explain, not merely describe, ambulance evolution by critically examining its political, economic, and social influences. Second, it aims to introduce topics omitted from previous works, including the critical role played by police ambulances in the development of the first emergency medical services, a concise history of the ambulance intern, notable women in ambulance development, and a fresh look at the first organized paramedic services.
 

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Contents

Debut of the Ambulance
11
The Modern Ambulance Appears
18
Developments During the Civil War
30
The Civilian
49
Police Surgeons and Patrol Ambulances
80
The Ambulance Surgeons
104
Early Ambulance Attendants and Emergency Hospitals
126
From Horses to Horsepower
146
Losing the Battle
227
Changing Tactics
243
1970 to 2000
302
The Ambulance in the 21st Century
332
In Search of the Origins of the Misericordia
341
A Life of Service
347
Chapter Notes
355
Bibliography
371

The Lure of Speed
177
Specialty Squads and Disaster Cars
190

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About the author (2009)

A psychiatrist and former district attorney, Ryan Corbett Bell has visited hospitals, clinics, leper colonies, and infirmaries worldwide and studies medical history and the ways in which care is delivered. He lives in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

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