The text then deftly walks the reader through the entire process of conceptualizing and completing a superior psychiatric consultation. Comprehensive and thoughtful analysis is conducted of the critical elements of the psychiatric consultation, including the topics of preparing for the consultation, interviewing the patient, writing the consultation report, and making the most effective recommendations. Within these sections are countless pearls, ranging from how to talk to the internist or surgeon who requests the consult to appropriate bedside manner. For those who enjoy mnemonics, several are sprinkled throughout the text. The work is well referenced, allowing the reader to pursue more in-depth study of any topic.