In this slender volume, Markowitz presents a lucid, candid description of interpersonal psychotherapy, one of the two most researched short-term therapies for depression, the other being cognitive behavior therapy as described by Beck et al. (1). Both of these therapies have been shown to be effective in major depression, generally of the milder variety. This volume focuses on treating patients with dysthymia, whose sufferers are a major constituency in office-based psychiatric practices. The author has worked extensively with Klerman, Weissman, and colleagues, whose original volume on interpersonal therapy and depression goes into greater depth regarding general principles of the treatment (2).