The book begins with a chapter on the history of hypochondriasis by German E. Berrios, the great medical historian from Cambridge University. Dr. Starcevic contributes a chapter on the clinical phenomenology of hypochondriasis as well as a chapter on the role of reassurance in the treatment of hypochondriasis. The latter chapter, itself, is reason enough to purchase the book. Not all individuals respond to reassurance, and Dr. Starcevic reviews how reassurance should be provided. Dr. Lipsitt contributes two chapters, one on the psychodynamics of hypochondriasis and one on the importance of the physician-patient relationship. The chapter on psychometric assessment of hypochondriasis by Anne E.M. Speckens should be required reading for anyone who wishes to study this disorder. Chapters on hypochondriasis and anxiety disorders by Giovanni A. Fava and Lara Mangelli and the relation of hypochondriasis to personality disturbances by Michael Hollifield complement the clinical consideration section of the book. Russell Noyes, Jr., reviews the epidemiology of categorical hypochondriasis, illness worry, and illness phobia. Laurence J. Kirmayer and Karl J. Looper review the role of hypochondriasis in primary care settings by focusing on the different roles of disease conviction, illness worry, and vulnerability as factors within hypochondriasis.