Kaplan & Sadock’s Pocket Handbook is a dense but informative compilation of the current field of clinical psychiatry and as such is filled with lists, charts, and outlines that accurately portray the present framework of diagnostic terminology and treatment guidelines in the field. There are several sections that soften the overall format. Right in front is an extremely handy and comprehensive colored assembly of the drugs used in psychiatry, for example. I also found the "Do’s and Don’ts" sections refreshing and useful. There is such a section for the psychiatric interview, the evaluation of suicidal potential, the assessment of violence, and dealing with grief and bereavement. For example, the authors advise, "Don’t feel that anything must be said. Careful listening can convey that the clinician believes the person is human with something important to say." Regarding suicide, they suggest, "Do ask about suicidal ideas, especially plans to harm oneself. Asking about suicide does not plant the idea." Regarding grief management, they suggest, "Do encourage the ventilation of feelings. Allow the patient to talk about loved ones. Reminiscing about positive experiences can be helpful."