This little book introduces Joseph Workman, M.D., 1805–1894, an Irish immigrant who became the medical superintendent of the Provincial Lunatic Asylum of Toronto from 1853 to 1875. Reflecting changes in fashion, the name of this institution was changed in 1871 to the Toronto Asylum for the Insane, later to the Queen Street Provincial Psychiatric Hospital, then the Queen Street Mental Health Centre. Four years ago it became part of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Compared with his student, C.K. Clarke (after whom the Clarke Institute, now also part of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, was named), Dr. Workman is not well-known in Canadian psychiatry and certainly deserves fuller treatment than is afforded by this book. We are told that Dr. Workman was a prolific writer and linguist and translated much European (especially Italian) psychiatric writing into English, but the content of what he translated is left to the reader’s imagination. We are told that he was an innovator, but the nature of his psychiatric innovations is very sketchy. He advocated good food, plenty of space, exercise, and fresh air for the mentally ill in his charge. He believed in moral treatment, and the patients in his institution were treated humanely in what is described as a supportive, structured social community. He believed in occupation, especially gardening. Initially involved in the temperance movement, Dr. Workman eventually came to believe in the health-giving potential of alcohol mixed with opium and quinine. As elsewhere during this period, such tonics were administered not only for therapeutic reasons but also because they kept the wards quiet and manageable.