Dr. Hoffmann, who began to practise as a psychiatrist some fifty years ago when they were known as ""alienists"", has written a book about tensions which affect us at every stage of life and which he calls the ""wear and tear of living"". The phrase is a touchstone to the book which deals with everyday areas of dissatisfaction and disaffection in realistic and recognizable terms (as against more advanced, analytic theory) while explaining- simply- more innovational and original approaches as Dr. Selye's theory of stress. Dr. Hoffmann attributes the prevalence of disturbance today to the world in which we live with youth (in an amoral age of transition) its likeliest victims. He considers the various phases of growth and achievement, young to old, and the common causes of conflict- and his book is filled with many cases from his consultation room which parallel ordinary experience. It is an unassuming and reassuring book, kindly in tone and tolerant in attitude, and it is directed toward the less sophisticated reader.