Looking over my last two posts, it occured to me that they share a similar bent. They are both in the paramedic as sly hero genre, where the villians are an uppity flight medic and a nasty triage nurse.
Now for a disclaimer I think flight medics are great and I respect their training and education and experience whether it is more or less than mine. The same with the triage nurses, most of whom I think are great.
I bring this all up because I was reminded of a great book I read called Talking Trauma: Paramedics and Their Stories by a guy named Timothy R. Tangherlini, who is a sociologist. His book is a collection of tales told by paramedics, and an anaylsis of what the tales mean from an anthropological social perspective. I thought it was fascinating reading.
The paramedic as sly hero is a very common form of paramedic tale. I will have to find my copy of the book to review what he writes about it. I think the bottom line is that paramedics use these tales as sort of a rebellion against the medical caste system where they are often considered to be lesser people than the caste of the villian. The tales serve to validate the paramedic’s self worth.