Treating Victims of Torture and Violence deals with a neglected area of psychiatry. Dr. Elsass has obviously done a great deal of work in this area and has thought a great deal about the topic. His book contains much useful and interesting information. It is a relatively short book that includes a preface, introduction, six chapters, and an extensive bibliography, which is not clearly related to the text. As an aid to the reader, Dr. Elsass includes a summary at the end of each chapter. The chapters consist of a general philosophical introduction, a chapter on diagnosis, a chapter on treatment, two chapters on cross-cultural issues, and a final chapter, "Postscript," which includes a research study.