How old is the problem of the Nervous Housewife?
Did the semi−mythical Cave Man (who is perhaps only a pseudo−scientific creation) on his return from a prehistoric hunt find his leafy spouse all in tears over her staglocythic house−cleaning, or the conduct of the youngest cave child? Did she complain of her back, did she have a headache every time they disagreed, did she fuss and fret until he lost his patience and dashed madly out to the Cave Man's Refuge?
We cannot tell; we only know that all humor aside, and without reference to the past, the Nervous Housewife is surely a phenomenon of the present−day American home.
In greater or less degree she is in every man's home; nor is she alone the rich Housewife with too little to do, for though riches do not protect, poverty predisposes, and the poor Housewife is far more frequently the victim of this disease of occupation.
Every practicing physician, every hospital clinic, finds her a problem, evoking pity, concern, exasperation, and despair. She goes from specialist to specialist,—orthopedic surgeon, gynecologist, X−ray man, neurologist. By the time she has completed a course of treatment she has tasted all the drugs in the pharmacopeia, wears plates on her feet, spectacles on her nose, has had her teeth tinkered with, and her insides straightened; has had a course in hydrotherapeutics, electrotherapeutics, osteopathy, and Christian Science!
Here are the chapters included inside the book:
CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTORY
CHAPTER II. THE NATURE OF "NERVOUSNESS"
CHAPTER III. TYPES OF HOUSEWIFE PREDISPOSED TO NERVOUSNESS
CHAPTER IV. THE HOUSEWORK AND THE HOME AS FACTORS IN THE NEUROSIS
CHAPTER V. REACTION TO THE DISAGREEABLE
CHAPTER VI. POVERTY AND ITS PSYCHICAL RESULTS
CHAPTER VII. THE HOUSEWIFE AND HER HUSBAND
CHAPTER VIII. THE HOUSEWIFE AND HER HOUSEHOLD CONFLICTS
CHAPTER IX. THE SYMPTOMS AS WEAPONS AGAINST THE HUSBAND
CHAPTER X. HISTORIES OF SOME SEVERE CASES
CHAPTER XI. OTHER TYPICAL CASES
CHAPTER XII. TREATMENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL CASES
CHAPTER XIII. THE FUTURE OF WOMAN, THE HOME, AND MARRIAGE