The field of Addiction Studies is often one in which highly specialized investigations in narrowly defined areas of concern, provide results which are not immediately or easily transferable to the practical problems faced in society. The collected work of many specialists is frequently too 'specialized' for successful presentation to a wider audience. Against such a background, Dr Max Glatt has emerged clearly as one of the better authorities on alcohol and drug problems in the world. His 'specialities' cover an extremely broad range of disciplines, approaches and interests. When Dr Glatt writes, he does so with a brilliant command of the larger picture, the overall impact of alcohol and drug problems in society and the complexities, human and social, inherent in the development of addiction, its treatment and prevention. 'A Guide to Addiction and Its Treatment' provides further testimony on Dr Glatt's skill in weaving together the infinite number of threads on the subject area. This new volume is a most valuable resource which is sure to become required reading for all those with an interest in comprehensive approaches to this vital health and social problem. Throughout the book, Dr Glatt strongly emphasizes the need for interdisciplinary approaches to addiction and shows clearly why such a coordinated view is necessary if societies are to respond adequately to the escalating health problems associated with the ever-increasing use and misuse of drugs.