Rarely do the authors of textbooks concede that the reader may want more than just easily accessible information—many, sadly, do not provide even that. Rarely can we say, "I like the way the author makes that point," or the ultimate accolade, "That’s just what I would have written." Much of this book, however, gave me that feeling. Paul Carvey is an able and effective teacher who enjoys his subject, and this comes across clearly in Drug Action in the Nervous System. He defines his standpoint in the preface, describing how pharmacodynamics has played a central role in developing our understanding of neurological and psychiatric disease. His enthusiasm for this approach is apparent throughout the text; here we see the influence of Carvey’s mentor, Harold L. Klawans, to whom the book is dedicated.