The best emergency medicine books

1 authors have picked their favorite books about emergency medicine and why they recommend each book.

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People Care

By Thom Dick,

Book cover of People Care: Perspectives & Practices for Professional Caregivers

People Care is a book that should be given to every EMT and medic student. Caregivers in the field would also do well to read it. There are two sides to emergency medicine: There is the bit about interpreting ECGs, poking people with needles and splinting mangled bones—and there is the human side; treating people like people, not just “patients”. People Care is about the latter.  

Without getting overly sappy, People Care is full of reminders and tips that can reel a salty provider back from the edge. I read this book with about eight years in EMS under my belt and it gave me a lot to think about and changed the way I work.


Who am I?

I am a paramedic. I like being a medic. Not so much because of the science and medicine related to the job, but I like connecting with people. People from every walk of life. I like the chaos and unpredictability of the streets. The books on my list portray what it’s like to be out there. Not just war stories. But stories of humility and grace.  


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Emergency Monster Squad

By Dave Horowitz,

Book cover of Emergency Monster Squad

What is my book about?

What is it like to ride on an ambulance? What’s the difference between a paramedic and an EMT? What exactly is “the Q-word?” and why shouldn’t I say it to an ambulance crew?

These questions and more are answered in Emergency Monster Squad, a kooky, fast-paced, children’s book by author/illustrator/paramedic, Dave Horowitz. 

Population

By Michael Perry,

Book cover of Population: 485

Population 485 was the first book about EMS I ever read. I was just starting out as a volunteer in a rural area, so this book really resonated with me. The author, in moving back to his rural hometown in Wisconsin, joins the local fire department and shares with his readers the funny, crazy, and tragic stories that haunt his small town.

Perry’s writing is full of humility and wit. Population 485 is a portrait of “small-town America” but also serves as a peek behind the curtain at the education of a first responder.


Who am I?

I am a paramedic. I like being a medic. Not so much because of the science and medicine related to the job, but I like connecting with people. People from every walk of life. I like the chaos and unpredictability of the streets. The books on my list portray what it’s like to be out there. Not just war stories. But stories of humility and grace.  


I wrote...

Emergency Monster Squad

By Dave Horowitz,

Book cover of Emergency Monster Squad

What is my book about?

What is it like to ride on an ambulance? What’s the difference between a paramedic and an EMT? What exactly is “the Q-word?” and why shouldn’t I say it to an ambulance crew?

These questions and more are answered in Emergency Monster Squad, a kooky, fast-paced, children’s book by author/illustrator/paramedic, Dave Horowitz. 

A Thousand Naked Strangers

By Kevin Hazzard,

Book cover of A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back

A Thousand Naked Strangers is the definitive book about life on an ambulance. I’ve never read another book about this or any other topic for that matter, which made me think, “Yes! Exactly, you get me!” When anyone asks me—and they never do—what is it really like working on an ambulance? this is the book I point to.

Not only is A Thousand Naked Strangers full of great stories from the author’s time on the bus, but Kevin Hazzard, is also a journalist and it shows. This book is fast-paced, funny, and authentic.


Who am I?

I am a paramedic. I like being a medic. Not so much because of the science and medicine related to the job, but I like connecting with people. People from every walk of life. I like the chaos and unpredictability of the streets. The books on my list portray what it’s like to be out there. Not just war stories. But stories of humility and grace.  


I wrote...

Emergency Monster Squad

By Dave Horowitz,

Book cover of Emergency Monster Squad

What is my book about?

What is it like to ride on an ambulance? What’s the difference between a paramedic and an EMT? What exactly is “the Q-word?” and why shouldn’t I say it to an ambulance crew?

These questions and more are answered in Emergency Monster Squad, a kooky, fast-paced, children’s book by author/illustrator/paramedic, Dave Horowitz. 

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