I was puzzled when I came across the following passage in Wikipedia, free encyclopedia dealing with W. Somerset Maugham’s biography:
“Maugham’s mother, Edith Mary had tuberculosis, a condition for which her physician prescribed childbirth. She had Maugham several years after the last of his three older brothers.”
Can we take it literally? In today’s common sense, any childbirth should tremendously consume physical strength of the mother to be. Provided it was a superstition that childbirth is a good remedy for treating tuberculosis in Maugham’s mother’s time, is the phrase, “Her physician prescribed childbirth” current, and easily understood by native English speakers without explanation? .