By Carl J. Post

Crucial interpreting for an individual who has ever questioned how EMS in the USA advanced into its current kingdom.

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97 Chapter Thirteen TechnologyEMS and Science 103 Chapter Fourteen The Vollies 111 Chapter Fifteen Renaissance? 119 Index 125 Page vii Preface Contemporary Emergency Medical Service systems lack resources, personnel, and inventive radical minds. Survival takes priority over growth and experimentation. Medical control for these systems takes on the clear and intelligible outline of defensive medicine. Risk management is apparently a part of economic and legal concerns much more than of clinical ones.

DEMS's future was questionable. EMS was still Page 13 an important cause for old allies like Senator Edward Kennedy, but dreams of Camelot had faded by now. " It may not have mattered in some hearts and minds. Key people in the EMS community celebrated a new era of laissez faire. They were free to follow the local and parochial way, or to divorce the ambulance industry from the hospital phase of care, or to assume that EMS was pretty much analogous to a phone company or electric company and sell it as a legal monopoly to towns and counties for three to five years.

Tragedies have their moments: some of them inspiring, others are comedic, and still others, epic or transcendental. Maybe that is why the ancient Greeks valued them. Eight years of American EMS history have to have meant something. Even more so because organized efforts to foster the development of viable emergency care throughout the United States were unheard of before 1966. In that year, the National Academy of Sciences discovered that Americans died much too often from acci- Page 8 dents, and as a result studies were commissioned.

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