The first section of the book introduces the reader to basic components of psychiatric emergency training, including crisis theory, the emergency interview, and the scope of feasible intervention in the emergency setting. A high-quality and concise literature review is provided. The next section focuses on the evaluation and management of life-threatening behavior, including suicidal and violent patients. These chapters are easy to read, primarily as a consequence of meticulous organization, which provides a coherent framework facilitating absorption of the somewhat disparate knowledge required in emergency psychiatry. More important, I could imagine this framework easing operationalization of this information in the stressful emergency milieu.