Our knowledge about schizophrenia and its treatment continues to expand rapidly. Today there is reason for considerable optimism that, with treatment, people who have schizophrenia-spectrum disorders can experience a high quality of life. Yet we also know that our treatment systems often do not deliver the treatment that has been shown to be effective. Perhaps with this in mind, Marvin I. Herz, M.D., and Stephen R. Marder, M.D., two highly respected schizophrenia researchers, suggest in their introduction that although their book is intended to "provide clinicians with practical treatment recommendations for the optimal care of individuals with schizophrenia," it may also be of interest to administrators, policy makers, family members, and patients with schizophrenia. I believe they are correct.