This is not a volume to be described as required reading for the trainee psychiatrist or those who need to restrict their reading to material necessary for passing exams. It is, however, of considerable interest to those with time to expand their horizons, both geographical and ideological. Geographically, there are chapters on acupuncture as a treatment for autism in Hong Kong, the development of child mental health services in Eastern Europe, the impact of the one-child only policy in the People's Republic of China, and the shift from internalizing to externalizing problems in Japan. Ideologically, some chapters are solidly within the current empirical framework (psychopathology and service utilization, trends in the prevalence of autism), while others reflect the strength of the psychoanalytic tradition in child psychiatry. In particular, Jean-Yves Hayez's chapter "An Historical Approach to the Discovery and Promotion of Child Mental Health" may well open the eyes of psychiatrists recently trained in the United States and in the United Kingdom to the strength of other therapeutic traditions.