The book is attractively produced, and when I had finished reading the introduction to the Review of Psychiatry series that occupied the first few pages, I felt excited by the prospect of what lay ahead. I am very sorry to say that I was disappointed by all five of the book’s main chapters. None of them really offers much more than a beginner’s guide to the subject, and some are woefully patchy in their coverage of chosen areas. The more I read, the more puzzled I became as to exactly who the target readership for this book might be. Medical students or perhaps the most junior of psychiatric or neurological trainees will find competent accounts of neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric assessments here, but any good core textbook would already cover these areas and more besides. More senior colleagues will not find the definitive, up-to-date reviews that they would otherwise look for in bigger textbooks or journals. I could not think of a particular group of psychiatrists, psychologists, or neurologists to whom I would recommend this book. There will be future titles in this series, and my old teacher would perhaps have written, "We are hoping to see some of the promised talent in the next term."