Evans' book makes Sullivan's ideas accessible to us today. It is a refreshing review that often presents Sullivan's ideas more clearly than he did himself. The first part puts Sullivan's life and work in historical perspective. A loner and social outsider, Sullivan grew up in a rural community, experienced a troubled adolescence, and had an undistinguished academic and early work career. His arrival at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in 1922 signaled his emergence as a major innovator and thinker. He derived many of his concepts on interpersonal psychiatry while studying schizophrenia and what now we would call severe borderline conditions on a specially designed Sheppard Pratt research ward. The second part of Evans' book details Sullivan's interpersonal theory of psychiatry and his conception of humans as primarily social beings, emphasizing his departure from basic psychoanalysis and its emphasis on early sexual development. In addition to departing from Freud, Sullivan was also critical of Kraepelinian psychiatry with its emphasis on diagnostic categories, signs, and symptoms. He feared that descriptive psychiatry failed to look beyond diagnosis and view the whole person in his or her social context, recognizing the basic humanity of all human beings, including those who are most deeply psychotic. His focus was on what people had in common with each other rather than what separated them and on strengths and abilities that can be used to compensate for biopsychosocial dysfunction.