It is no easy task to compile a theoretical, empirical, and clinical text on ethics that will be useful for psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, medical students, and other mental health professionals. However, Roberts and Dyer have ably provided an easy-to-read, lively, interesting, and comprehensive guide to ethics. Although it contains some of the necessary theoretical and empirical studies that underlie some of the assertions, it aims to be practical in nature and a ready reference for the reader confronted with the most common ethical dilemmas. There are thoughtful chapters on professionalism, confidentiality, informed consent, and ethical decision making. There are also very interesting and novel chapters on ethics in psychotherapy, high-risk situations, children, "difficult" patients, end-of-life issues, genetics research, managed care, and clinician health. Each chapter provides a good theoretical discussion of the critical issues, case vignettes, and useful tables, forms, or charts that amplify or simplify ethical decision making.