This is a well-edited, well-written, and well-referenced book on violence in almost all its aspects, beginning with causes of violence, treatment of violent patients, multiple factors involved in violent behavior, victims of violence, legal aspects of violent behaviors, and preventing violence. The book is well divided into various sections, initially introducing the reader to the causes of violent behavior, including medical, psychiatric, organic, social, political, and other factors. The editor defines violent behavior as the intentional harm to another person or persons. It is good to restrict the discussion of violent behavior to that definition even though much violence may occur accidentally, by nature, or unintentionally. There is not much physicians can do about preventing or treating the accidental or unintentional behaviors that lead to violence. However, it is important for the physician and clinician to understand the causes leading to intentional violent or destructive behavior that can be predicted, managed or treated, and, one hopes, ultimately prevented.