February 1968

A Complete Guide for the Working Mother.

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New York


By Margaret Albrecht. Price, $4.95. Pp 342. Doubleday & Company, Inc., 277 Park Ave, New York 10017, 1967.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(2):204. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640020092038

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This book addresses itself to various categories of women who work: the divorced, the widowed, the bored, and the economically motivated.The author is inventive in her range of advice, covering such diverse items as "Too Tired To Make Love," to "Can A Budget Work?"

I wish she had kept the book shorter by avoiding belaboring the obvious and desisting from a certain amount of windyfoggery. For example, "The inevitable changes and adjustments that must be made by husband and wife and children when the Mother goes out to work can be a source of discord," is a pretentious way of saying that a mother's working may cause trouble.

Mrs. Albrecht frequently invokes the shibboleth term "research." I suppose this is done to add weight and dignity to whatever bit of common sense she is offering as scientific information. "Research indicates that working mothers are happiest when their husbands agree wholeheartedly

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