Millon, Theodore and Davis, Roger with Carrie Millon, Luis Escovar, and Sarah Meagher. Personality Disorders in Modern Life. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999. xii + 581 pp. $55.00
The title suggests a book of commentary for professional scholars, a discussion of how various personality types (ordered as well as disordered) typically interact with contemporary social contexts. It is, however, a text book, a straightforward, meticulous description of DSM-defined personality disorders aimed at students of clinical psychology and budding clinicians of other disciplines. It is a major resource ranging from normal personality traits to the diagnosis and treatment of severely disordered behavior. Its value as a teaching tool is enhanced by its attention to the views of both historical and contemporary scientific observers, and its systematic discussion of developmental, biological, psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive and evolutionary aspects of the field. Case studies illustrate the authors' emphases.