The goal of these two large edited textbooks, with many contributors, is to present broad overviews of the bulging information based on the neural basis of behavior, alternately viewed as "neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology." For the Textbook, this represents a 15-year, fourth-edition evolution. Essentials is a newer, briefer, synoptic effort. Both are well-conceived, crisply written efforts useful as a general discussion of this hybrid science and as a resource on individual subjects. There is a reasonably successful argument toward synthesis with board certification, and there is organization, both essentials to cohesion and recognition. There is obviously an unending struggle for the soul and rights to the brain and its behavioral constitution among psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, neurophysiologists, geneticists, etc. There is also the ever-present devil, compensation. Psychiatrists must weave the science of their field into an effective force for comprehension and effective treatment to find a reputable and equal, if not preeminent, place in modern medicine. Is the psychiatric M.D. equal to other medical degrees? Can psychiatrists "deliver the mail"? These two volumes speak eloquently to the notion that psychiatry is a real science, with neuropsychiatry a subspecialty.