The area touched upon in this compilation of papers is one with a growing literature. As several of the authors pointed out, interest in community psychiatry has raised such issues as symptom alleviation, psychotherapy with nonpsychologically oriented patients, and above all, extension of services to a large population which has hitherto been neglected. As a result, there is a high interest in both emergency psychiatry and brief therapy, and a need for this book.
This volume has both the advantages and disadvantages of most symposia. The variety of authors makes for a heterogeneity of views and approaches; one of the major problems is that, although there is some overlapping, there are also some omissions. Two of the most significant omissions from my point of view are related to brief therapy for the elderly and "medically injured." While Dr. Koegler very appropriately points out the need for