Andy Thompson's true-to-life, graphic, and gripping account of his work as an NHS paramedic in Britain's Accident and Emergency Ambulance Service will shock you, sadden you, entertain you, and perhaps inspire you. You'll smile at some of Andy's real patient encounters, while others will cause you to wipe a tear.
Using official NHS documentation recorded at the time to give precise details of each incident, Andy has held firm to the real-life accounts, even in keeping the dialogue as close as his memory allows to what was really said at the time. It's as if you're there next to him, struggling with the effects of adrenaline and fighting to save life. This is a rare work of medical nonfiction delivered in a way that is factual, informative, but at the same time naturally entertaining and moving, written with candour and humour. And if you have ever thought what it takes to become a paramedic - or any other of the specialist vocations - and that you could never achieve it yourself, Andy's inspiring story of how he went from postman to frontline healthcare professional, fulfilling his dream, will make you think again that anything is possible if you have the desire.
Andy says there are no heroics in the book and that he simply did his job, but we are sure The Dark Side will leave you convinced there are true heroes on our streets right here, right now. Saving lives every day, every night and often against all the odds. It might even change your whole perspective on life.
©2014 Andy Thompson (P)2015 Andy Thompson
Excellent narration by the author, and I thoroughly enjoy the very real life encounters as a working paramedic. As a medic myself I am able to relate to these calls. Will recommend this book to my fellow workers, and student preceptors.
The energy of the narrator, and the compassion of the author.
The 4 month old baby. It felt so shocking as I didn't expect it to be so raw.
Instructions for EMTs
I can do without the long explanations however, this was really interesting.
The stories were padded out wth clumsy descriptions, a bit like an essay written in school. It needed a good editor.
The awful, tabloid-style language. I should have known by 'the downright ugly' in the title - made me cringe.
I'm not sure if the narrator was reading the grammatical mistakes from the book, or if they were used to authenticate his performance. It was a bit odd.
"Good story marred by choice of words."
It's an interesting book but for me was spoiled by continual and repetitive use of inappropriate phrases such as "vacated the drivers seat" in, I think, an attempt to convey the importance of the job.
There's a limit to how many times one can listen to tech speak such as "a patent airway" or "palpated the radial pulse" before it becomes a drag.
Books such as this thrive when "Joe Public" can identify with the writer. Unfortunately this author has managed to distance himself from his audience.
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