Social scientists may find this casebook valuable in the instruction of medical sociology. Chapter 1, on schizophrenia in China, and chapter 6, on deinstitutionalization in Italy, are particularly relevant to community psychiatrists. I found chapter 6 to be the most interesting, readable, and enjoyable chapter of this book. It describes the transition of institutional to community-based care in Italy in a lively, well-written narrative. Several chapters focus on gender-related issues: chapter 3, on Guatemalan refugee women in Mexico; chapter 5, on the national literacy mission in northern India; and chapter 7, on postpartum depression in Fiji and Hong Kong. These chapters may be of particular interest to clinicians and social scientists who are interested in women's studies and women's health issues.