Miltown advertisement, 1968. |
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 203, No. 11, pp. 60-62.
Syndromes of the 1960s. The battered parent syndrome.
She's the paradox of our age. Compared to her mother, she has more education, more usable income and more labor-saving devices. Yet she is physically and emotionally overworked, overwrought and -- by the time you see her -- probably overwhelmed.
What went wrong? Is parenthood something other than the rosy fulfillment pictured by the women's magazines? Is anxiety and tension fast becoming the occupational disease of the homemaker?
Some say it's unrealistic to educate a woman and then expect her to be content with the Cub Scouts as an intellectual outlet.
Or to grant that she is socially, politically and culturally equal, while continuing to demand domestic and biological subservience.
Or to expect her to shoulder the guilt burden of this child-centered age without unraveling around the emotional edges.
Or to compete with her husband's job for his time and involvement.
But whatever the cause, the consequences -- anxiety, tension, insomnia, functional disorders -- fill waiting rooms. Sometimes it helps to add 'Miltown' to her treatment -- to help her relax both emotional and muscular tension. It's no substitute for a week in Bermuda, or for emotional readjustment. But it will often make the latter easier for her, as well as for the physician.
And 'Miltown' has been doing just that -- for a dozen years now -- with substantial success.
Indications: Effective in relief of anxiety and tension states; adjunctively when anxiety may be a causative or disturbing factor. Fosters normal sleep through anti-anxiety and muscle-relaxant properties.
Contraindications: Previous allergic or idiosyncratic reactions to meprobamate. (Brief summary of prescribing information is continued on next page.)
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