Comic 1634 - Doctor's Orders

19th Nov 2019, 9:00 PM
Doctor's Orders
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)
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megados 19th Nov 2019, 9:46 PM edit delete reply

As the Alt text suggests, it's a good choice, but are we channeling Donald Sutherland, or Alan Alda? XD My guess would be Alan Alda here. :D

C'mon Katya! Give it a try. Dusty and Logrin think you got this! Who knows, it's possible that Katya is a medical savant! :D

I do hope things are getting settled, and some of the stress is dissipating, Rose!

Seemed like it was touch and go for CF for a while there!
SeanR 19th Nov 2019, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
Probably. Her superior sensorium could well give her an advantage on both diagnosis and treatment.
Centcomm 19th Nov 2019, 10:12 PM edit delete reply

Alan Alda
StLOrca 19th Nov 2019, 10:22 PM edit delete reply

Marcus Welby
Just_IDD 20th Nov 2019, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
A little non-sequiteur here, Alan Alda Endowed an Institute for Communication that tries to help scientists better communicate with people like climate deniers and other members of the public at large. He also runs a podcast called "Clear and Vivid"
Marcus Ramesy 20th Nov 2019, 11:14 AM edit delete reply

I am very familiar with Clear and Vivid, its a good podcast highly recommended
megados 20th Nov 2019, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

I very much applaud all of Alan Alda's various efforts to inform.
Romfire 27th Nov 2019, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
No real world political talk please.
Evervigilant 21st Nov 2019, 1:50 AM edit delete reply
Could be worse his persona could be like that of the doctor "House" from the TV series.
megados 21st Nov 2019, 6:08 AM edit delete reply

. . . or Robert Picardo: "Please state the nature of the medical emergency". XD
Dreadder 21st Nov 2019, 10:45 AM edit delete reply

Well, to be fair, getting treated by the EMH almost guarantees you'll recover without a scratch, you just have to survive his bedside manners. :D

Similar story with doc House, though I'd pick EMH's manners over his any day of the week.
jawbone 21st Nov 2019, 7:18 AM edit delete reply

You'd rather more of a Bertie Wooster?
Oberoten 20th Nov 2019, 1:07 AM edit delete reply

This very nicely gives me the chills. It implies so much of what Katya has been through.
DLKmusic 20th Nov 2019, 2:55 PM edit delete reply

Agreed, Oberoten. I've always felt that Katya was the person in Nova Roma that hands down got shortest end of the stick in so many ways.

I was so thrilled that she had a happy ending, I even admit it brought a couple of tears to my eye... I won't even blame it on the dust for that one.

and to see her now, just a short time afterwards, not only improving by leaps and bounds, but also trying her best to be useful is absolutely heart warming.

Is that dust or am I starting to tear up again? I can't tell...
mjkj 20th Nov 2019, 4:22 AM edit delete reply

Great - soon Cyana will be well again =D

*hugs and comforts her*

...and you can do it, Katya - look at poor Cyana - you can do it!
Gilrandir 20th Nov 2019, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
Just as an observation, the ComicFury link at the bottom of the webpage appears broken now. I do not know if that is yours, or theirs.
megados 20th Nov 2019, 6:46 AM edit delete reply

The link would be on Cent's page, pointing to CF. Yesterday it seemed that CF was experiencing difficulties. It might be that.

*edit: It appears to be working now.
Gilrandir 20th Nov 2019, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Ah. Apparently my browser was caching the "site not found" error page for that URL. Had to refresh, and then -- as you say -- it seems to be working now. Thank you for the sanity check.
Centcomm 21st Nov 2019, 12:03 PM edit delete reply

Yeah Comic fury had a major hiccup .. should be fine now
chk 20th Nov 2019, 6:39 AM edit delete reply

I was expecting a special bed spouting medical paraphernalia all around, rather than a human shaped robot.
chk 20th Nov 2019, 6:44 AM edit delete reply

Kind of like the one that stole Lynn's eggs all those years ago.
megados 20th Nov 2019, 10:10 AM edit delete reply

Centcomm 21st Nov 2019, 12:02 PM edit delete reply

that.. never happened! >_>
chk 21st Nov 2019, 12:14 PM edit delete reply

megados 21st Nov 2019, 1:21 PM edit delete reply

*starts shredding documents*
Speedy Marsh 12th Dec 2019, 2:25 PM edit delete reply
I finally get it! The sparlky dudes are from the future... from Datachasers future... and because of the retcon, Lynn's eggs weren't preserved, and the human race started to mutate toward extinction, after CentComm went over the deep end, since no one with Taylor DNA was around, after Lynn failed her pilot's test, catastrophically. Now, sparkly dudes had to travel back in time, to get mooooore paaarts, before humanity goes extinct.
Sheela 20th Nov 2019, 7:00 AM edit delete reply

Even the auto doc has more faith in Katya, than Katya does .. and he only just booted up!
Johninaustin 20th Nov 2019, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
I vote for Joe Early, and If any robot nurses show up, Dixie McCaul. :)
Morituri 20th Nov 2019, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Doctor-bot is confident that s/he can direct a completely untrained assistant in ways reliably beneficial to a burn patient with a likely spinal injury.

Even though this isn't a third-degree burn, That's ... more confidence than most 21st-century physicians would have.

Either doctor-bot is just that good, or the infrastructure for preventing accidental further injury of the patient is just that good, or doctor-bot is an idiot. I choose to believe the former two and not to believe the latter.
Morituri 20th Nov 2019, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
I am intrigued by the implications of "Hey Doc! Wake up!" followed by "System boot complete. Loading Persona."

"Doctor" is apparently an AI professional who temporarily occupies compatible chassis wherever a patient is found in need. Between "visits" the chassis may presumably be occupied by other such traveling professionals, like mechanics, plumbers, engineers, construction workers, etc, whose services are needed at these scattered locations where the places are too far apart to support conventional businesses.

Of course, there is also the possibility that these Persona aren't "travelers" in any meaningful sense, but instead are resident on Logrin's base - whether active in the installation's computers like a committee of specialized mini AIS, or in cold storage on inert media somewhere. That would be better security, but they wouldn't get or be able to apply nearly as much job experience at their specialties if Logrin is their only client.

Doctor-bot, for example, if coming up off cold storage, might be two years out of date since the last "visit" where he updated knowledge on pathogens, facing a pathogen that didn't exist two years ago.

On the plus side, I think we just saw what chassis scooter will be housed in. He just has to wait for Cyana's doctor visit to be over.
Rigor 20th Nov 2019, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
That might explain why the doctor was not already waiting to start, or meeting the patient in the driveway for that matter.
Centcomm 20th Nov 2019, 3:27 PM edit delete reply

the medical files are updated all the time :D
Morituri 21st Nov 2019, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
well, of course. They'd have to be. But doesn't that mean "doctor" comes up with the memory of treating patients and experiencing training, etc, elsewhere?

And won't treating Cyana's 2nd-degree burns while taking care for a possible spinal injury and with the help of a completely untrained assistant be a contribution to the same system of updates?

"Doc" may be a traveler with discontinuous and possibly temporally nonlinear memory of his life, but he would seem to be a traveler nonetheless. Those updated files are his memory.
megados 21st Nov 2019, 8:20 PM edit delete reply

It's possible to combine update information with a blockchain update system, such that an update of information in one is propagated throughout. The individual element "Doc" can simultaneously coexist across all platforms containing the equivalent software.
robnot 21st Nov 2019, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
..or.. Scooter chassis ,, i think it wood be better if Cyana built it herself.. ..part of her therapy of getting better...
Sheela 21st Nov 2019, 12:17 PM edit delete reply

I still want Scooter in a toy-enterprise, upgraded with real phasers and mini-torpedoes. 🤣
For all we know, a small styrofoam model like that could be wickedly fast, since it weighs next to nothing.
"Move like a butterfly, sting like a bee!" 😁
robnot 22nd Nov 2019, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Graphene... come on it's the 23rd century ..
using graphene , it's light as styrofoam, strong as steel (bullet proof/resistant),, an when prepared correctly energy ablative.. ((it cost's over $100us, an oz..)
robnot 22nd Nov 2019, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
also Scooter had all that,, just not the toy frame.. now "refit" them into the USS Vengeance. dreadnought class.
with shields, cloak, an 'maybe' deflectors...
megados 22nd Nov 2019, 9:29 AM edit delete reply

. . . and phasers and photon torpedoes!
KarToon12 20th Nov 2019, 1:35 PM edit delete reply

Katya's really making a lot of improvements in her speech, all things considered. :)
megados 20th Nov 2019, 7:18 PM edit delete reply

I agree, speech and other areas as well, when you consider that it is said that its only been "a couple of days" since she arrived here from New Rome. :)
Rashala 21st Nov 2019, 12:55 AM edit delete reply

Could have been a worse persona ....he could have been the doctor from that weird space show that cassian got stuck inside the body of
Centcomm 21st Nov 2019, 12:02 PM edit delete reply

This is true!
Sheela 21st Nov 2019, 12:18 PM edit delete reply

Ah, but then we would have to have a commander Pauline to come and explain to us, what the auto-doc already explained to us. 😂
Oldarmourer 27th Nov 2019, 5:24 PM edit delete reply

and this is bad how ?
DLKmusic 21st Nov 2019, 6:18 PM edit delete reply

it COULD be Dr. Zoyburg!
Oldarmourer 22nd Nov 2019, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
Dr Demento ?
Oldarmourer 22nd Nov 2019, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
of course with the right Dr., SKEETER's reincarnation could be interesting...
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