#AtoZchallenge: History of Paramedicine – T is for Textbooks

Those who know me know that one of the biggest interests is in the area of Fire/EMS (though I am not, myself a Firefighter or an EMT/Paramedic).  I decided this year to do my A-Z Challenge using the theme “History of Paramedicine….


AtoZ-TWhen I think of Emergency Medical Technician Textbooks the one that come readily to mind is the one that I’m pretty sure was the one used back when I took an EMT class in the early 1990’s – “Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured”   Published by the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons).

Just like many other aspects of early EMS there was no Laws regarding minimum training standards and not much to speak of in the way of training material.  I was trying to do some research to see what “textbooks” might have been used in say the 1940’s 50’s & 60’s, but didn’t really find anything and it’s really starting to get late (plus I still got letter U to put out tonight.  I did come across an article by The National EMS Museum about some of the early textbooks used in EMS.

emergency care & transport orig

It was in 1967 that the AAOS created “Emergency Care and Transportationof the Sick and Inured”, one of the first textbooks to be used to train EMT’s, and the first edition was published in 1971.  Editions two and three would follow in 1977 and 1981 consecutively.   It was on the texts of this book that later EMT curriculum standards would be set.

AAOS also published “Emergency Care in the Street’ authored by Nancy Caroline MD. The book was written in the early 70’s after Dr. Caroline realized that the only books available for paramedic training were that written for doctors & nurses that didn’t take into account the environment in which paramedics had to work in.

Another well known name in Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Textbooks is that of Brady Books who has published a wide variety of both Fire & EMS books (there mainstay of the two being EMS.



Kind of wish there was more time in the day to check out some of the other A-to-Z participants, but I’m already biting off more than I can chew I think.


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