Medicine: Pent-Up Emotions

Katherine was determined that her marriage would not be like her parents': full of quarreling, bitterness and hostility. But a shotgun wedding tied her to a man who proved to be a rigid, demanding and critical husband. In order to keep peace, she had to defer to him in everything. While he worked, she sat home nursing the baby and her grievances.

Katherine threw herself into community activities. She became a compulsive eater, and over the years puffed herself up into a caricature of the professional clubwoman. Amid economic troubles, sexual discontent and...

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