Hales, Stephen, 1677-1761
Vegetable staticks, or, An account of some statical experiments on the sap in vegetables: being an essay towards a natural history of vegetation. Also a specimen of an attempt to analyse the air, by a great variety of chymio-statical experiments; which were read at several meetings before the Royal Society.
London : Printed for W. and J. Innys; and T. Woodward, 1727.
This is the first volume of Hales' Statistical Essays and is concerned mainly with translocation in plants. Its medical interest lies in its discussion of the role of the air in sustaining life. Hales was an ardent experimental physiologist and only 70 years after Harvey described the circulation of the blood Hales developed a method to measure blood pressure. That work is described in the second volume of Statistical Essays which unfortunately is not amongst the University of Sydney Library's treasures.