As titled, the book consists of two divisions, acute and long-term responses to trauma and disaster. The Acute section contains six chapters that describe various research efforts examining "on the ground" techniques of assessing patients in the immediate aftermath of trauma. This section contains some fascinating geopolitical contexts. For example, the team leader of the World Health Organization group that entered Kuwait in late 1991 writes a compelling description of the immediate postwar situation in that country. Fullerton’s paper discussing acute psychological effects on the spouses and significant others of rescue workers is an excellent illustration of just how difficult studying this population can be. Karam’s chapter on comorbid depression and PTSD raises an issue emphasized throughout the book, namely, that individuals exposed to trauma are vulnerable to a number of other problems, including depressive, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders.