The Ambulance: A History


Ryan Corbett Bell

Over several centuries the ambulance has evolved from horse-drawn wagons designed to remove wounded soldiers from the battlefield into high-speed emergency rooms on wheels, staffed by skilled professionals.

This thorough history follows the ambulance through every phase, focusing not just on the vehicles but on their role within the developing medical systems they served, as well as the political, social and economic influences that have shaped their advancement.

Topics include:

  • The critical role of police ambulances in the development of the first emergency medical services
  • The history of the ambulance intern
  • Breakthroughs in ambulance design and function from the horse-drawn days to the present
  • Notable women in ambulance development
  • The first organized paramedic services
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About the Author: A psychiatrist and former district attorney, Ryan Corbett Bell has visited hospitals, clinics, leper colonies, and infirmaries worldwide and studies medical history and the ways in which care is delivered. He lives in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
SpecificationsMcFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2009
7" x 10" softcover
381 pages, 275 B&W photos and illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-7864-7301-4