This volume, one in a World Psychiatric Association series that also includes affective disorders, schizophrenia, dementia, and compulsive disorder, is a collection of essays from experts from the United States and Europe that address several components of eating disorders in addition to the fundamental nosology and intervention. The first chapter, emphasizing codiagnoses and mentioning controversies, is very strong in writing and in examples, as well as fascinating in its historical overview, dating from the ancient Roman Empire. The second chapter, focusing on epidemiology, is equally solid, although the dearth of cross-cultural information is dismaying. Chapter 3, on physical complications and aberrations, and chapter 6, offering perspectives on the economic and social burdens of eating disorders, are comparably superior. Chapters 4 (pharmacological treatments) and 5 (psychotherapeutic interventions) are more rudimentary, providing little astonishingly novel or experimental.