"Who ordered this?" my grandfather would say good-naturedly when unexpected inclement weather ruined a planned outing. That phrase came back to mind when I hefted this medium-sized volume, promising to review the topic of "atypical antipsychotics" (when will we shift to a more appropriate term?). This is certainly germane to everyday practice, but for more than a decade we have been assaulted by an unremitting stream of information about these agents, sometimes accurate but often strongly colored by pharmaceutical marketing messages, invading us through sight and sound, journals, conferences, mailings, luncheons, APA conferences, advertising, etc. At this time, do we need a whole volume on this subject, I wondered?