Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    What good are your fancy PhDs, now?

  2. Linguist

    Linguist said, over 3 years ago

    We’ve been asking that question all week. Is there a real doctor in the house ?

  3. Mike Margolis

    Mike Margolis said, over 3 years ago

    Many years ago, when I was a graduate student, my mother asked me when I expected to receive my doctorate. I told her it would probably take another two or three years. “My god,” she replied, “for spending all that time you could be a real doctor!”

  4. Jogger2

    Jogger2 said, over 3 years ago

    Try “physician” or “medical doctor.”

  5. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, over 3 years ago

    Alex is more than likely a DES. anyone here a PhD, MD, EdD, DDS, Ed. D, DPA. DVM, DNP, JD, Psy. D, DBA, etc..? how long did that take? and, how long did you pay off your student loans?

  6. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Twins are a little “trickier”, but it is amazing folks forget how long women had babies without doctors. Note the increase in C-sections to REDUCE malpractice suits.

    Helped deliver both of my kids, and delivered several others in “emergency” situations. Must admit that helping a woman with a broken arm, still stuck in a wrecked car, WAS more than a tad interesting. Both mother and daughter were just fine. (BTW, I’m waiting for a TV show or movie to stick around and show the delivery of the placenta, and checking to make sure it’s intact, or all there if in pieces, and all the other “neat stuff” that goes along with the delivery, and cleanup!)

  7. ragarms

    ragarms said, over 3 years ago


    How’d you like PBS’ recent “Call the Midwife” series?

  8. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker said, over 3 years ago

    This will be a memorable graduation for everyone – speaker included.

  9. RanaRavens

    RanaRavens said, over 3 years ago

    Um, not to ruin the dramatic moment, but labor usually doesn’t go that quickly, especially for first-time mothers. She should have enough time to get to the hospital if they leave now.

  10. RanaRavens

    RanaRavens said, over 3 years ago


    Seven years of grad school, and about 3 years for the loans (I was lucky and got a lot of funding and part-time work).

  11. sleepymom

    sleepymom said, over 3 years ago

    Phd for me. Seven years, including masters, no loans. Got a full ride to Emory university

  12. ComicDetectiveDA

    ComicDetectiveDA said, over 3 years ago

    Uh-oh. Folks, I see where this is going:

    1. The birth of a child (or, in this case, two)…
    2. Another very, very, very long author’s sabbatical…
    3. A 20-year time skip, a la Funky Winkerbean! I knew this would happen someday!

    Clearly, this isn’t the best time in the world to be a month-old “Doones-bopper”…1996 probably was not the best year to be born, either.

    I can’t stand it!! (Weeping)

    Of course, this is just a theory. Sorry, people. I know you all must think I’ve got a screw loose somewhere, but I’m also trying to keep everyone from arguing over politics or things that bear little to zero relevance to the day’s strip…

    Welp, enough of that. Off to bed!

  13. pelican47

    pelican47 said, over 3 years ago

    RSR, thank you for that. Some PhDs don’t expect the title Doctor except in professional settings, but they earned it.

  14. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 3 years ago

    I’ve heard a variation on Tucci’s tale. In this case it was a mother boasting that her son was was doctor “but not the kind that helps people.” Which I think is a better way to make the joke than the somewhat nastier “not the kind that does anyone any good.”

    There are certainly a lot of non-medical doctors that do a lot of people a lot of good, such as designing all the computers that all of us are using to make our comments on.

  15. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, over 3 years ago


    I love “Call the Midwife.” Why do I rarely run into any American show that is half as good?

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