This manual follows evidence-based psychiatric interventions and manages not to get too detailed in terms of the research behind such treatments. It is noteworthy that the author, Vikram Patel, omitted such detail, considering how this might distract readers from the main theme of making psychiatry more accessible. Great teachers have a way of reducing the dusty volumes that sit on the shelves of our libraries into meaningful experiences that can be used to help others. Patel, an honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, is such a teacher. Through this book a busy family doctor in the "bush" of central Africa can be empowered to treat any mental disorder and help the patient and his or her family to understand the mental illness. Patients who were once considered bizarre by their community—with various and often-negative consequences—can now be seen as having a mental disorder.