In this context, Systematic Psychiatric Evaluation can be considered a useful contribution to the transition process alluded to above. Not surprisingly, part I, titled “the Concepts Behind the Approach,” is a well-presented, compact summation of McHugh and Slavney’s four perspectives. Faithful and concise, the descriptions are intended to formulate practical, diagram-based steps in the conceptualization of each perspective and cannot, for obvious reasons, report on more recent contributions to, for instance, the research on dimensional diagnostic approaches or on neurobiological correlates of mental disorders. Each perspective is explored and explained with the use of clinical cases, the very first of which is a presentation of two versions of Edgar Allan Poe’s history. This is also a natural start of a list of new terms (shall we call them jargon?) aimed at the characterization of each perspective (i.e., setting, sequence, and outcome [plus encounters] for the life story; potentials [personality], provocations [life circumstances], and responses [neurotic symptoms] for the dimensional, etc.). Like in any other effort of this nature, some definitions may be right on target, whereas others may sound arbitrary, incomplete, or outdated (i.e., neurotic symptoms).