The collection concludes with a characteristically sober and economic review by John Monahan of the evidence linking psychiatric disorder and violence. That mental illness is a risk factor for violence in the community now seems established, but the degree of the risk remains arguable. Most studies suggest it is small, certainly when compared with factors such as socioeconomic status and a history of violence. Monahan wonders whether earlier hospitalization, looser criteria for involuntary commitment, and the removal of the right of committed patients to refuse medication might prove useful contributions to the reduction of psychiatric violence in the community. Whatever the outcome of such debates, the fact remains that just as efforts to destigmatize psychiatry become more robust and energetic, growing public and professional concern about violence threatens to turn us back to an era of straitjackets, cells, manacles, and incarceration. This volume provides a useful and sober corrective to extreme positions and is a most useful guide to practitioners in daily clinical contact with highly distressed and disturbed patients.