In part 1, the focus is on interviewing skills, taking a psychiatric history, and the mental status examination, as well as basic concepts of psychodynamics. The discussion of the fundamental techniques of the clinical interview is probably the best part of the book. It includes numerous tips on interviewing, such as avoiding jargon, not asking the classic "why" question, and many others. It is clearly written, with good examples. However, this chapter is followed by a misplaced discussion of basic concepts of psychodynamics—logically, this discussion should have been followed by the well-written chapters on history taking and the mental status examination. Furthermore, the discussion of some psychodynamic concepts, such as the primary and secondary process, is probably beyond the scope of a textbook for medical students. This chapter also fails to properly explain the relevance of the developmental stages, defenses, and other concepts to clinical practice.