That joke still makes me laugh, even after all these years.
I also like that alterists resemble real-life surgeons. Theirs is a very "physical" magic, as was revealed in this story when Dominic was describing himself being the subject of many alteration visions, so it made sense to make Kaldonia's sanctum sanctorum resemble a doctor's office.
I'd trust a doctor that wore a cape over her scrubs, too. Mostly.
That's all from me for now.