When this 1,000-plus-page book arrived, I expected to sample it here and there to review it. I found myself reading virtually the entire book, which tells you how helpful and readable I found it. It has an unusual degree of coherence and consistency and a tolerable degree of repetitiousness, especially for a multiauthored book. The editors included what they consider the 20 most clinically relevant of the 40 chapters in the fourth edition of The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry(1). Much of the book is remarkably up-to-date—for example, it includes nearly a page on transcranial magnetic stimulation, half a page on aripiprazole, and a 2003 reference on lamotrigine. Given the current shortage of child psychiatrists, general psychiatrists will be grateful that one-fourth of the book is devoted to children and adolescents. A chapter on the psychiatric interview has many suggestions particularly useful for trainees, including the prudent recommendation that they seek a personal analysis.