ON THE BOOK SHELF
By John M. Malecky February, 2018
DEAD IN SIX MINUTES
The biography of Dr. Stanley MN Zydlo Jr, MD and the
Creation of the modern Paramedic and EMS System
By Paul Ciolino
FSP Books & Videos
188 Central Street, Suite #4
Hudson, MA 01749-1330
This book is soft cover, measures six by nine inches and has 271 pages. It should go without saying that we know what paramedics are and the EMS system. It is probably not commonly known about when and where it started. This book will clear that all up. It is the story about the doctor who created them.
He started the movement in Chicago back in the 1970’s and it included several surrounding towns outside of the city. It is a biography written by a friend who is not in EMS but who admired Dr. Zydlo who was, in the least, an exceptional person and professional. It takes you not only through his life, but through his burdensome journey to introduce this new concept for emergency medical care.
As with many new ideas, this was criticized and fought tooth and nail by countless doctors, nurses and even fire chiefs as an example. The doctor, however, was relentless in his quest to provide yet another means of saving human life. It was by pre-hospital care.
There are twelve chapters and an epilogue, all titled. Each starts out with a passage made by a famous person whom I recognize, as well as people I did not know, but nevertheless spoke words of wisdom. Throughout the book you will read about tragedy and miracles. You will read about a number of emergency service workers and firefighters who distinguished themselves for the ideal of saving lives. You will read about Ambulance 15 of the Chicago Fire Department stationed in a poor, bad neighborhood that never stops producing medical calls. You will read about statistics regarding shootings, stabbings, drug overdoses and what have you all of which contribute to a never ending production line of patients.
It goes without saying that this book is a must for anyone who works in EMS and wants to know where it all started. For that matter, it is a book for anyone interested in what EMS is all about. It is also a salute to Doctor Zydlo and the men and women who dedicated themselves unconditionally to saving lives, many times at the risk of their own! Some of the chapters are a little longer than others, but nevertheless it is a book that is hard to put down!