This volume does not totally ignore the psychiatric literature, but it certainly does not deal with it adequately. The chapter on pharmacological treatment of the stress response is written by two pharmacists. To our reading, this is a compendium of what the drug companies say rather than an adequate review of how psychiatrists should use pharmacotherapy. The relatively long index does not include any reference to intrusions, intrusive thinking, unbidden images, nightmares, avoidances, denial, psychological defenses, grief, or mourning. There is one entry on bereavement, but that is only in terms of its effect on immune functioning, not the fact that loss and mourning responses are common to many kinds of stress. The index does include references to animal magnetism, coffee, esophagitis, Hinduism, Kung Fu, and lavender (the antianxiety activity of).