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Gastroenterology
"Mostly it means that I'm acutely aware that the kid one table over coughed as the server walked past with our food."
Title text: "Mostly it means that I'm acutely aware that the kid one table over coughed as the server walked past with our food."

Explanation

Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Created by a GASTROENTEROLOGIST. Please mention here why this explanation isn't complete. Do NOT delete this tag too soon.

Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.

Antibiotics are substances that kill bacteria. They are very effective at treating bacterial infections, including in the gut; unfortunately, they can also kill the good gut bacteria. Probiotics are harmless or helpful bacteria which are sometimes used to replace the good bacteria killed by an antibiotic. This prevents re-infection and allows the natural gut microbiome to recover more effectively; comic 1471 was about the same theme. Probiotics are included in many foods, such as yogurt, and are marketed as having health benefits.

Antibiotics and probiotics are often used together during a treatment. Mixing them as in the comic, however, would just cause the antibiotic to kill the probiotic bacteria rather than causing an explosion. Explosive reactions between antibiotics and probiotics are highly unlikely. The probiotic + antibiotic = explosion may refer to annihilation, a reaction between particles and antiparticles, which produces large amounts of energy -- an explosion -- although one could not keep antiparticles (antimatter) in a jar touched by a person made up of particles (matter), and the explosion would happen upon mixing, not a short time later. Another possibility is that the sequence refers to a reaction between an acid and a base, which could cause an explosion if kept in a tightly sealed container like a water bottle and would additionally take a bit of time to occur, as in the explosion here.

In the last panel, Ponytail appears to be covering this action up by saying to Megan that her work is merely a lot of paperwork. Another explanation is that the explosion sequence is some kind of action fantasy on Ponytail's part and she is telling Megan the reality of her mundane job.

In the title text, Ponytail adds that her work makes her aware of a child over-coughing as the server was bringing food at the restaurant table, exposing the food to possible germs that could cause a gastroenterological infection.

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[Ponytail, wearing a lab coat, and a guy wearing a scrubs hat rush in from the right side of the panel. Ponytail is holding a water bottle. There is a desk on the left of the panel with two jars.]
Hat guy: Hurry, they're right behind us!
[Zoom in on Ponytail, behind the desk, pouring the two smaller jars into the water bottle.]
An arrow points to the left jar: Probiotic
An arrow points to the right jar: Antibiotic
[Zoom out on Ponytail shaking the water bottle to mix the two substances.]
Shake Shake Shake
[Ponytail throws the water bottle toward the right side of the panel, at something off-screen.]
[Hat guy and Ponytail run toward the left side of the panel, as the water bottle explodes.]
BOOM
[Megan and Ponytail sitting at a table, facing each other, having a meal.]
Megan: So what's gastroenterology like?
Ponytail: Pretty boring. Lotta paperwork.


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