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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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Emergency! Send a TV Show to Rescue Paramedic Services!

Emergency! Send a TV Show to Rescue Paramedic Services!

(p.130) Emergency! Send a TV Show to Rescue Paramedic Services!
Law and Popular Culture

Paul Bergman

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the influence of the popular 1970s American television series Emergency1 on the development of paramedic services. It argues that the show stimulated popular demand for paramedic services during this period and it influenced the amended state law in order to allow such services to exist. It contends that laws authorizing paramedics to perform medical procedures that were formerly the exclusive domain of doctors may well not have been enacted if not for the influence of this television series.

Keywords:   emergency, paramedic services, Emergency1, television series, state law, legislation

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