STATICAL ESSAYS: CONTAINING HAEMASTATICKS
Book Details + Condition: W. Innys and R. Manby (London). First Edition, 1733. Very scarce. 361 pages. Full leather hardcover boards. Volume II of a two-volume set, which serves as a standalone accompaniment to Hales' "Vegetable Staticks" (1727). In the famous work, Stephen Hales records the invention of the manometer, with which he was the first to measure blood pressure. "His work is the greatest single contribution to our knowledge of the vascular system after Harvey, and led to the development of the blood-pressure measure instruments now in universal use" (Garrison-Morton 765). Hales was an English clergyman, inventor, and scientist active during the 18th century, and known for contributions to botany and medicine, including the invention of a bladder catheter and surgical forceps used in the removal of bladder stones. This volume is subtitled "An account of some hydraulick and hydrostatical experiments made on the blood and blood-vessels of animals, also an account of some experiments on stones in the kidneys and bladder; with an enquiry into the nature of those anomalous concretions." An overall firm and clean copy, with tight binding; rubbed corners and edges; light shelf wear to boards; interior is clean and free of markings.