Community Mental Health Teams: A Guide to Current Practices offers an overview of the current provision of mental health services in Britain. Although teams from other parts of the world are mentioned, the British system dominates the book. Tom Burns, the sole author, states his reasons for this approach in the preface: it enables him to scrutinize the difference between what is published about a given service (such as assertive outreach) and what actually happens on such teams. The book is intended as a guide, not a manual, so although some detail is included, that is not the author's emphasis. Rather, Burns offers his observations about how teams are structured and what seems to work well or poorly on given teams. Also, his book is more experiential and less an evidence-based guide.