More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea
by Tom Reynolds
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book consists of extracts from Reynolds' blog, Random Acts of Reality
, about his experiences as a paramedic for the London Ambulance Service. Like the blog, the book is compulsively readable, and full of that dark humor that medical professionals develop as a way of coping with the mix of life-and-death situations and plain idiocy that they deal with on a daily basis.
One of the most surprising things about this book is the amount of time Reynolds and his colleagues spend dealing with things that are not medical emergencies. Not only are they regularly called upon to deal with passed-out drunks, but people sometimes phone them up for things like a bad cold. However, there are plenty of hair-raising and occasionally heartwarming tales of medical heroics. (Without too much in the way of graphic detail - unless you're very squeamish, you can safely read this book.)
I would love to see Reynolds write something perhaps a bit more analytical and/or reflective. If this book has a flaw, it's that it betrays its origin as a set of blog posts by being very much a set of vignettes.
The Kindle edition of this book is currently free, and Reynolds's blog is always freely available. So there's really no reason not to check out Reynolds's work. View all my reviews >>