Talk:2850: Doctor's Office

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Why wouldn't Randal post this on a Monday instead of a Friday? 22:05, 3 November 2023 (UTC)

added transccccccccc Me[citation needed] 22:06, 3 November 2023 (UTC)

Should 699: Trimester be mentioned in the explanation anywhere?-- 02:11, 4 November 2023 (UTC)

eh. probably. Me[citation needed] 02:15, 4 November 2023 (UTC)

Here before fans inevitably figure out which crossword number it is someone, i guess(talk i guess|le edit list) 02:45, 4 November 2023 (UTC)

What terms, exactly, are malapropisms in the second panel? Did someone misuse a fancy word and nobody else bother to check it's meaning, or is there something I'm missing? DL Draco Rex (talk) 04:10, 4 November 2023 (UTC)

You are correct. A "malaprop" is susing a word that sounds similar to the correct word. Beret Guy is just misunderstanding.Nitpicking (talk) 11:42, 4 November 2023 (UTC)

Rearranged the section about other similar comics, and added 1471 [Gut Fauna]. 699 [Trimester] is the only one explicitly confirmed to be an impostor. 07:09, 4 November 2023 (UTC)

Although I'm really very good at US/UK English differences, "doctor's office" always wrongfoots me. As doctors have surgeries, not offices, it adds to the overall feel of "not really a proper doctor" in the comic. Yorkshire Pudding (talk) 13:53, 4 November 2023 (UTC)

I know what you mean. And much of the US healthcare structure also seems to only work very well for those for whom it works at the expense of not working at all for most of the rest. I'd almost not be surprised to find a 'pop-up' surgery like this for either those ready and eager to pay or completely without the means and desperate (the latter might not have the MRI scanner at hand...).
The disparities in US health care are well documented (apologies if you hit a paywall). As for the 'pop-up' surgeries/medical care "offices", you may be referring to urgent care centers, which are commonplace in the US now, and expensive but (maybe) better than going without. True 'pop-ups' (e.g., temporary facilities under canvas) are not unknown, and not just after natural disasters. 17:02, 4 November 2023 (UTC)
For all the problems with the UK healthcare systems (and the gods know that there are indeed some), I can't see Beret Guy's system working here, at the same level of hypothetical. (Same with policing matters.) 14:10, 4 November 2023 (UTC)
Just imagine how Americans feel when we read about members of Parliament holding surgeries for their constituents. Very confusing. -- 15:58, 4 November 2023 (UTC)
It's helpful (at least to me) to read the etymology of the word "surgery", especially how, in British English, it came to mean "a (place for) consultation." Combine this with the realization that, whereas in the USA a physician holds a doctorate degree, a physician in the UK holds a bachelor's degree - UK secondary school graduates, if they qualify, go directly to medical school, bypassing the bachelor's degree step forced on would-be physicians in the US. Thus, a "doctor's office" in the USA is a place where the physician holds a doctorate degree (technically "is a doctor"), and is found in an office processing the paperwork that dominates the doctor's day, whilst a "doctor's surgery" in the UK is a place where the physician might not hold a doctorate degree (technically "is not a doctor") and in which, in the modern day, surgeries seldom (never?) take place. 07:33, 5 November 2023 (UTC)
"We [English] have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language." - Oscar Wilde, 1887 16:41, 4 November 2023 (UTC)

Maybe the "We're like librarians, but for your bones and blood" refers to medical studies, that involve a lot of rote memorization. Among the things medical students need to know by heart are the names of bones and blood vessels. 00:17, 6 November 2023 (UTC)

The Google Maps stuff sounds a lot like Wiretapping the Secret Service can be easy and fun to me. Jadatkins (talk) 15:24, 6 November 2023 (UTC)

I would argue that "making holes in you" is much more likely to refer to the use of needles and syringes, first to withdraw blood for lab analysis (to determine the root cause of being too hot), and subsequently to administer medication to combat whatever infection is detected. Joe Perez (talk)

I agree; I've made that addition. BunsenH (talk) 18:48, 6 November 2023 (UTC)

There are smaller MRTs just for arms and legs, about the size as shown in the comic. For example the GE Optima MR430s. 12:30, 8 November 2023 (UTC)