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Prof. James Mannon Publishes Emergency Encounters: A Study of an Urban Ambulance Service

September 14, 1981

September 14, 1981, Greencastle, Ind. - "Pre-hospital emergency care has seen astounding changes in 10 years," writes James M. Mannon, assistant professor of sociology at DePauw University, is his new book, Emergency Encounters: A Study of an Urban Ambulance Service.

A medical sociologist, Dr. Mannon's work examines stress in the field of emergency medicine.  The professor spent 500 hours over an 18 month period observing paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) as they went about their often dangerous and traumatic work at a large metropolitan hospital.

"Ambulance work is no longer simply a transportation phenomenon ... that requires only strong backs and strong stomachs," Mannon writes.

Prior to coming to DePauw in 1975, Mannon taught at Millikin University, Monmouth College and Southern Illinois University. He earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from Southern Illinois University. His writings include the books American Gridmark: Why You Always Suspected Measuring Up Doesn't Count, and Caring for the Burned: Life and Death in a Hospital Burn Center.