Regrettably, the case vignettes in this volume are more confusing than enlightening and raise questions about the author's knowledge and understanding of the phenomenology and etiology of psychiatric ailments, as illustrated by this passage: "One night, he [Rudy, Dr. Prendergast's patient] awoke to one of his parents' regular Friday night arguments. He leaned over toward the adjoining wall to listen and soon realized that they were discussing him, specifically a meeting his mother had at his school with his teacher… . Apparently, from what he could glean, he was considered a severely emotionally disturbed child, and they were discussing putting him in a boy's school. His father's reaction shocked Rudy. He heard him say, 'If only that damned rubber didn't break, we wouldn't be going through all these problems. I told you you should have an abortion.' Needless to say, Rudy was shocked, angry, and depressed, all at the same time. From that day on, he withdrew from the world and created a world of his own. His catatonic-schizophrenia was born."