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How would it feel to be a passive observer in the operating room? What if the observation lasted fifty years and involved much more than just the surgical procedures and anesthesia? 50 Years in the OR: True Stories of Life, Loss, and Laughter While Giving Anesthesia was authored by Ron Whitchurch. It is 332 pages long and was published by Loon Lake Press in 2020. The book is composed of 112 stories on different procedures and their outcomes and others outside the operating room. The author’s work and extensive experience in anesthesia spanning over fifty years are evident in the book. His storytelling prowess is topnotch as well, and in this way, all readers will enjoy poring over the stories.
The introduction contained many impressive praises for the book, and my expectations were raised to a new high. I was not quite sure whether they would be met upon reading it, though. I am delighted to record that every expectation was surpassed. The author used funny titles and included humorous conversations without reducing the gravity of medical procedures. The stories reveal both pleasant and ugly experiences during Ron’s practice. They describe both moments of elation following successful operations and full recoveries and the harrowing ones after the loss of a patient.
I had an opportunity to read firsthand information about the common and the strange both inside and outside the operating rooms. I enjoyed devouring the book for many reasons. The stories were organized in a way that I did not get bored following them. An impenetrable cloud of gloom would be hanging over the operating room at one time, and, before long, I would be smiling. Further, a heavy dose of humor in some stories left me chuckling. True to the commendations, the book was captivating and informative.
Why should you consider reading this book? All nurse anesthetists and those interested in the field will benefit immensely from the experience of the author. They will be introduced to many inevitable circumstances and appreciate how creativity could be applied. Ron’s treatment of every patient as a distinct individual with genuine compassion will undoubtedly inspire many. For readers not in the medical field, this book will cause you to appreciate the roles the medical personnel play. There are valuable lessons on workplace injuries, alcoholism, and hygiene as well.
There is nothing I disliked about the book. The language utilized was straightforward, and complex terms and procedures were described in simple words to aid comprehensibility. Editing was also professionally done. The most unforgettable incident was where the team recognized what the problem was and knew how to treat it but were prevented from doing so. The feeling of powerlessness was almost tangible, and I could not stop wondering how the doctors and nurses were feeling.
I heartily rate the book four out of four stars. I recommend it to all health workers, especially nurses, and readers interested in operating room stories. It is unsuitable for young readers and anyone averse to gory scenes. The book also contains a few expletives.
50 Years in the OR
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