The book has a stellar cast of multinational editors and contributors. Norman Sartorius, currently with the University of Geneva, Switzerland, is former director of the mental health division of the World Health Organization (WHO) and a major facilitator of international research on schizophrenia. Julian Leff, from the United Kingdom, pioneered the research on expressed emotion in families, including WHO's cross-cultural comparisons. The other editors are from Spain, Italy, and Egypt. Most contributors are major researchers in this field, so the chapters represent state-of-the-art knowledge and are written with a high level of rigor and sophistication. Christine Barrowclough writes about families of persons with schizophrenia, and Gabor Keitner writes about bipolar disorder. Elizabeth Kuipers and Paul Bebbington summarize the research on family burden and coping strategies. Ian Falloon, arguably our major researcher on family psychoeducation, thoughtfully explores the literature on various models, including William McFarlane's findings on the benefits of the multifamily group. Margaret Leggatt, formerly head of the World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders (WFSAD), writes of the role of family organizations throughout the world. Radha Shankar, a psychiatrist in Chennai, India, and former vice-president of WFSAD, writes about cultural perspectives in family involvement and the process of organizing and empowering families in India.