“Ron Whitchurch has the observation, wit and insight of a modern day Mark Twain and the eyebrows and mustache to match.”

— Koco Eaton, MD, ABOS, Team Physician, Tampa Bay Rays

“This is an extraordinary book which brilliantly and compellingly conveys to the lay person the day-to-day workings of the operating room. What is amazing is how one person could have seen and experienced so much. The chapters are interesting, insightful, hilarious, sometimes sardonic yet compassionate, demonstrating the stress, sorrow, pathos and joy of dealing with patients and families under the best and worst of situations.”

— Kevin M Sweeney, MD, board-certified neurosurgeon, former chief of Neurosurgery of Mease hospitals in Dunedin and Clearwater, Florida

“I loved reading this wonderful collection of triumphs, tragedies, near misses, and so many funny situations in the OR. Ron is an anesthesia historian, a keen observer of the quirks and ironies of life in surgery and a colorful storyteller. A fascinating and clearly explained glimpse at the world on the other side of the drapes.”

— Antonio J Gayoso, MD, ASPS, ASAPS

“Lessons learned — lives saved is a consistent theme in Ron’s nitty-gritty personal recollection of his vast professional experiences as a CRNA. You’ll get an incredible narrative of true life tales straight from the horse’s mouth and some of those will knock your socks off!!”

— Carol Hathaway, BSN, RN, CNOR

“This collection embodies skill, technology, compassion, personal relations, drama and humor. Ron’s recall and vivid recording of his most memorable experiences were a delight to read. His innumerable patients have had the benefit of a truly knowledgeable, skillful and caring practitioner.”

— David B Fitch, CRNA (retired)

“Ever wonder what happens in the OR after the anesthetist says ‘Have a nice nap. See you when you wake up?’ Ron Whitchurch’s true stories will take you into the operating room in a way that makes you feel you are there. A clear picture of his compassion, his caring for others, and his wonderful sense of humor shine through. I highly recommend his book.”

— Claudette Holly, RN, Or Supervisor, Director of Perioperative Services

“This memoir is fun and fact-filled – typical of the author, riveting and mind boggling and kept me spellbound. A very enjoyable trip down memory lane through the retrospectroscope. This book is one of a kind, just like its author.”

— John Danner, CRNA (retired)

“This book will not put you to sleep! Ron’s vivid accounts introduce the reader into the operating room and into the horrifying, the heartbreaking, and the humorous cases performed.”

— Ray Shefland, CRNA, R.C., Shefland Anesthesia Ltd., 46-year career of providing rural anesthesia and mentee of Ron Whitchurch

“These are amazing, authentic memories of as broad a scope of cases as one could imagine, stories that could not have been made up and told with insight, transparency and an indomitable sense of humor. Such a rich experience is a must read for anyone who has had or is interested in anesthesia.”

— Sondra Shields, MD, Mayo Clinic trained, Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management

“This memoir shares a multitude of experiences Ron has witnessed, from the many miracles to the highs and lows of the anesthesia world. I worked with Ron before he retired. One of the many God-given talents that always amazed me was how he could calm a pre-operative patient of their anxieties. 50 Years in the OR shows both the serious and humorous side of medicine.”

— Donna Tessier, RN, BSN, CRNI, CAPA

“When Ron came to our group we received a loyal friend, a colleague and a patient advocate, not to mention his intellectual levity that provided a measure of escape from the daily stress of the job. Ron and I provided thousands of anesthetics over the course of many years (some easy and some quite complex), but our patients’ safety was always our primary goal.”

— Jan Duvoisin MD, Board Certified Anesthesiologist, Morton Plant Mease Hospitals, Surgery Partners Surgery Centers at Westchase, Medical Village of TGH and Sarasota

“This is a fun, informative and revealing book that will be enjoyed by medical professionals as well as non-medical readers.”

— Dwight Valentine, MD, President and Managing Partner of Gulfcoast Anesthesia Partners, Vice President and Board Member of Greater Florida Anesthesiologists, a division of Sheridan/Envision Anesthesia

“As a busy OB/GYN, I worked directly with Ron on many cases in the OR and OB unit. Along with being an excellent and compassionate CRNA, I’ve known Ron to have a very well developed sense of humor and ability to tell a good story. In this book, Ron takes the reader behind the scenes to share his personal episodes of drama, humor and stress in his anesthesia career managing the routine and completely unexpected. From hunting accidents to childbirth, Minnesota to Florida – life and death unfold.”

— Thomas G. Walter, MD, FACOG, Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

“I have been on the other side of medicine for Ron. I have been part of Ron’s team — as his cancer specialist — as he continues to battle Multiple Myeloma. Our journey has shown me a great deal about Ron and it has been and continues to be a joyful experience. Ron will keep you on your toes, educate you and make you laugh. I hope that the story of his life’s work does the same for you.”

— Kenneth Shain, MD, PhD, Department of Malignant Hematology Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center

“Take a trip into the OR and sit with Ron as though it is happening and he will share his stories. You will feel what it is like to experience the tremendous responsibility that the anesthetist has. You also will gain much respect for the men and women that carry that responsibility with every patient. Enjoy this remarkable journey that Ron has had, as he most certainly has.”

— Peter Nelson, Mora, Minnesota

“I am in awe of this book and of the years that Ron worked. This is a great read from My First Case until Room 4737. CRNAs will enjoy reading this, and nurses interested in anesthesia will find a book that most assuredly will make them want to be a part of this profession. Read this book — you will enjoy it immensely.”

— Sandra Kilde, CRNA (retired), EdD, MA, BA, past Director of the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia