The educational value of this small book should not be understated. Each chapter contains important and concise information for the clinician, resident, and experienced academician. The descriptive detail is marvelous. Michael Taylor provides a brief but extremely educational bit on the clinical examination of catatonic patients. Descriptions of the course of different types of catatonia are given, and the differential diagnosis of the precursors of this condition is provided. Treatments for this syndrome are well discussed and fairly handled. The book concludes with a discussion of the prognosis and complications of catatonia, followed by theoretical issues of genetics, animal models, and brain evolution. The use of ECT for acute catatonia is briefly described. The proper pharmacological interventions are well covered by the chapter authors. The neurological underpinnings of treatment are given a brief but clear review.