The book under review here is a biography written by a professor of psychology at Mt. Holyoke College who is also listed as the director of the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center in Pioneer Valley, Mass. Anyone interested in the practice of psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy needs to be familiar with Fromm-Reichmann’s work, which has a contemporary value quite unusual for publications written half a century ago, so readers can imagine my delight when greeted by the appearance of a full-scale biography of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann. The reader can also imagine my disappointment, then, when I found that from the beginning it is extremely hostile to psychiatrists. We are told, for example, that psychiatrists are "the people fighting hardest against this idea" (p. xiv), i.e., the idea that relationship can heal severe mental illness, and that "most psychiatrists, accustomed to treating ‘the worried well,’ find the unbearably slow pace of therapy with psychotics intolerable" (p. xv). The author claims that "psychiatry’s despair is so profound the field can scarcely be imagined without it" (p. xix) and that "the very idea of psychotherapy with schizophrenics had been made to seem preposterous by a mental health establishment addicted to drug treatment" (p. xxii). Since the author was born in 1951, she is perhaps unaware that in the 1950s the entire psychiatric establishment was working furiously to establish the principles of psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy for schizophrenia and that working intensively with such patients was part of the training in every reputable residency program in psychiatry in the United States. The prodigious cost of such therapy over many years of time was borne by the insurance industry.