Cisternography, the imaging of activity after the introduction of radionuclides into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), was introduced by Di Chiro less than ten years ago, and during that interval developments in instrumentation for imaging, storage, and analysis, as well as in radiopharmaceuticals, have been rapid. There seemed a necessity for assessment—for examination of the method, both in relationship to basic physiological studies of the CSF and in relationship to clinical diagnosis. A symposium was held in Washington, DC, May 6 through 8, 1971, to meet that need and this well-produced volume is the result.
It is organized in five parts. In the first, the physiology and pathophysiology of the system are considered, beginning with an introduction to the symposium by Hugh Davson in which the broad outlines of the physiology of the system are treated. Next, Michael Pollay summarizes some of the particulars connected with secretion and absorption of the