Although the relative gravity of each topic can be a source of criticism, it is also one of the strong points of this book. For example, a truly comprehensive textbook on addictive disorders would easily run to more than 2,000 pages in length. By keeping this book concise and managing to keep it under 700 pages, the authors provide us with a textbook that is quick to read and easy to digest. I have found over the years that residents enjoy this book and can learn from it readily. The epidemiologic data and facts are certainly kept in decent perspective and are always adequate to the needs of the clinician. The chapters are supplemented by excellent bibliographies that allow for further reading and compensate for the individual shortness of any particular chapter. The index is very helpful, and I believe that residents will find it quite useful for finding topics quickly. This book is exactly what it claims to be, that is, a clinical textbook on addictive disorders as opposed to a comprehensive textbook. The clinician will find this textbook useful and handy in a busy practice. As a certified addictions specialist, I have found it useful in my day-to-day practice for references and other materials. I highly recommend this book and will certainly keep a copy of it on my shelf.