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Gary J. Tucker
The delivery of psychiatric services has changed dramatically; the pace of this change has been breathtaking. The monumental changes are evident when one examines the tables of contents of the first edition of the Textbook of Administrative Psychiatry (1992) and this second edition (2001). The second edition is a completely new book, with a new editorial board and authors; it makes one feel that these books were written 50 years apart rather than only 9. The presentations on such topics as behavioral network establishment and maintenance, capitated and population-based care, outcomes, and changing roles for professionals and patients, provide both a clear picture of where we are now and a firm base for planning for the future. The complexity of the current state of affairs is also evident in that an excellent glossary to help guide the reader and the clinician-administrator through this new clinical/economic world had to be added. This book brings some clarity to the current behavioral health world, and with this knowledge one almost feels empowered rather than a victim of a mysterious and anonymous system.