This book consists of a foreword, an introduction, and 11 sections. In the foreword, Leon Eisenberg delineates the importance of culture in diagnosing psychiatric disorders. In the introduction the editors address the conceptualization and foundation of this book. Section 1 comprises six chapters focusing on general issues related to the cultural and historical foundations of psychiatric diagnosis, nosological perspectives, the relevance of culture for DSM-IV, and specific issues pertaining to African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans. Section 2 comprises four chapters focusing on organic and psychotic disorders. Section 3 has three chapters on substance-related disorders. Section 4 has four chapters on mood and anxiety disorders. Section 5 has four chapters on somatoform and dissociative disorders. Section 6 has four chapters on eating and sexual disorders. Section 7 has four chapters on adjustment disorders. Section 8 has four chapters on personality disorders. Section 9 has four chapters on childhood-onset disorders. Section 10 has four chapters on culture-bound syndromes. Finally, section 11 contains five chapters addressing multiaxial issues. All of the chapters were written by respected experts in their field of expertise.