The authors state in their introduction that their target readership is all mental health professionals. This broad ambition, unfortunately, results in the major shortcoming of the text. The authors use a good proportion of the book to explain basic concepts of medical care and primary clinic operations, presumably for the benefit of nonmedical mental health providers. In appealing to the least medically trained providers, the authors have put together large parts of text that are of limited value, especially to psychiatrists. The text has a tendency to discuss psychiatry and clinical social work in the same breath. Psychiatry and psychiatrists are, at times, trivialized. For example, at one point the authors state that "psychiatry has largely abandoned psychoanalysis and much of psychotherapy." There is an apparent desire to reduce the different expertise of the various mental health disciplines to the least common denominator. The authors go so far as to distort previous studies to support concepts such as "research evidence…suggests that professional affiliation or type of license results in no significant difference in patient treatment outcomes." It is interesting that although the text's premise is integration into medical settings, the book repeatedly devalues medical treatments in psychiatry.