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The Work Cure for Women

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Not long after, I found evidence that doctors will apparently stop at nothing. The following is an Associated Press dispatch datelined Calgary, Canada:

To housewives who aim at top physical condition: get down and scrub the kitchen floor. This advice comes from Dr. D. Plewes, consultant for Canada’s health and welfare department, who says, “Some of the best exercises for women are done on the hands and knees and utilize floor scrubbing motions.”

I was busy planning a counter-campaign that would persuade doctors to prescribe lawn mowing instead of golf for middle-aged males, when I discovered I was in what used to be called “a delicate condition.” My husband waited on me hand and food — until after our first visit to the obstetrician.

“Now about exercises,” he said cheerfully. (Have you ever noticed how maddeningly cheerful doctors are?) “The best exercises are ones you can do while you work around the house. Bend your knees and keep your back straight when you do your dusting. Practice deep breathing while you wash dishes and —”

“ — Inhale the steam,” I said absently.


“The Work Cure for Women” appeared in the April 1958 issue of Harper’s Magazine. The essay — along with the magazine’s entire 165-year archive — is available here.

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