Enter Saxby Pridmore’s The Psychiatric Interview. The title is something of a misnomer in that the book is not a guide to diagnostic interviewing and DSM-IV diagnosis per se. Rather, it is a thorough treatment of the mental status examination that is clinically sound, understandable, and enlightening. For each domain—appearance, speech, mood, affect, thought, perception, intelligence, cognition, rapport, and insight—a chapter is devoted to description of the many more common as well as less common signs and symptoms that are germane to psychiatric assessment. The signs and symptoms are carefully described, along with suggestions about how to elicit them during the interview. Numerous examples are provided in the form of photographs, sketches, and writing samples of patients, drawn from the author’s wealth of clinical experience. These serve to illustrate several phenomena, particularly disorders of thought and mood, that are difficult to appreciate through text alone. A closing chapter on office assessment of frontal lobe function is brief but highlights an important domain not often considered in the routine clinical examination.