Tales from my Stethoscope

A new book by Bruna Dessena

Sit down and buckle up as you read these true stories of the streets from a paramedic's point of view.

Humorous, touching, entertaining – you'll get an inside look at what it's like to work in the Emergency Services as well as the drama that plays out in the daily lives of the people they attend to.

Stethoscope Cover

ISBN 978-0-620-46851-0

Published by: Quickfox Publishing

170 pages Softcover

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In Tales from my Stethoscope, Bruna, an Advanced Life Support paramedic with more than 23 years’ experience, takes you behind the scenes of acci­­dents, sudden illness, shootings and human revelry­ gone wrong. You’ll experience the fun and excitement­ of Johan­nesburg on a Saturday night … but you’ll also go to the lonely places where old ­people suffer in silence­ and children aren’t properly­ cared for.

You’ll read about running a clinic on a mine in deepest Africa and being­ the resident­ paramedic on a geo-survey ship plying the waters around the globe. You’ll fly helicopters over cities praying that the patient survives, and you’ll be there in the middle of farming country helping to amputate a leg caught in a harvester.

If you can stomach the drama, the blood, the grief, and the quirky humour used to get through harrowing situations, you’ll get to the end of these tales with a deeper understanding of the human condition and renewed admiration and gratitude for those who listen and act when we call out in distress.

This book is an entertaining read - you won't want to put it down until you've finished it!