The section on specific psychiatric disorders includes chapters 3 through 13. Generally, the format employed is description of the diagnostic and clinical features, interview, differential diagnosis, medical evaluation, etiology, and treatment of each group of disorders. For example, "Mood Disorders" by David A. Kahn is up-to-date, covers an enormous amount of ground in a concise fashion, and demonstrates excellent balance between psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic treatment approaches. Leslie R. Vogel and Philip R. Muskin review "Anxiety Disorders" in a detailed fashion in chapter 6, with attention to the role of medical and substance etiologies. Chapter 7, "Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders," is authored by the experts Frances R. Levin and Herbert D. Kleber and is one of the few articles in psychiatry texts to include a listing of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. In chapter 11, "Suicide and Violence," Robert E. Feinstein reviews interviewing guidelines, presents the interplay of several factors leading to suicide in figure 11-1, and describes a detailed point system for assessing suicide. Chapter 13, "Life Development," is well written by Jonathan A. Slater and Dr. Cutler but is perhaps misplaced; it should be located nearer the beginning of the book, where it would have provided a context for understanding the disorders that would follow it. Finally, since the book was published in 1999, the reader will want to keep an eye out for the next edition or use other sources of information for recent psychopharmacologic findings.