This volume intends to offer medical students a brief textbook emphasizing the importance of biopsychosocial thinking. Although the goals are laudable, their execution unfortunately falls short. The book begins and ends with good chapters, with case examples to describe basic concepts, and a brief biopsychosocially oriented interview with a depressed patient. But the author undermines his basic goals by the manner in which he organizes and presents material between these points. Part 2, Biological Models, contains chapters briefly describing psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, and personality disorders and their biological treatment. Part 3, Psychological Models, doesn’t address the disorders per se but includes chapters on Freud, the ego, object relations theory, the self, and several learning and cognitive theories. Part 4 contains chapters on the individual in society, stringing together short sections on diverse topics such as attachment, stress, interpersonal psychology and violence, group psychology, and ethical and legal considerations. However, it only lightly touches on family issues and other major social determinants.