It is organized in three sections. The first summarizes family theory and research as it pertains to the medical setting. Putting together this section must have been a challenge, given the many studies from various fields that bear on the issue of how a family can influence an individual’s health. The discussion of protective and risk factors is interesting, but most relevant is the review of evidence-based interventions. It can be hard to generalize, as the studies range from the acute (e.g., recovery from coronary artery bypass surgery) to the chronic (e.g., chronic lower back pain), but it seems that regardless of the illness, family interventions help on many levels. Not only do they help coping, but they also improve medical outcomes. The idea that families should be involved in any illness is reinforced by several meta-analyses that show improved mortality rates for patients with diseases such as cardiac illness, stroke, diabetes, or HIV.