In a text as slender as this, some topics must necessarily be given short shrift; such domains as ethics, forensic issues, emergency psychiatry, and child consultation would be expected in a fatter volume. And the special considerations of aging (beyond dementia, delirium, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke) would be welcomed by the consultation-liaison psychiatrist who is increasingly confronted with older patients in the routine of daily work. Although the approach to the patient is nicely discussed, a few separate paragraphs on the patient-doctor relationship, placebo response, and hospital adjustment would help to place in context the excellent clinical material of each chapter. In addition, the copyeditor and compositor might have exercised their skills a bit more proficiently. However, these are mere quibbles in an otherwise easy-to-read, well-organized, lively book that will enhance the work of every psychiatrist (and every medical student and physician, if they would read it).