CHARLES CLIFFORD FALK, M. D., F. A. C. S. - Born in Hancock county, Ohio, November 17, 1872, Dr. Falk was brought
to Humboldt county, Cal., by his parents at six years of age. He inherited his mechanical ability from his people,
who were skilled machinists, blacksmiths, millwrights and carpenters; and during vacations he worked at these various
trades, in which he was proficient at an early age. Completing his education in the public schools of Eureka, the
higher branches were taken up at Phelps Academy, and at the age of twenty one he entered the Cooper Medical College
in San Francisco, receiving the degree of M. D. in 1897. For four years he served as county physician; one year
as county health officer, and two years as a member of the city board of health. In this capacity he was instrumental
in securing the passage of ordinances requiring inspection of meats, slaughter houses, meat and fruit markets,
restaurants, hotels, etc.
Recognizing the advantage of air, light, heat and sanitation as important aids to nature in the cure of disease
and injury, Dr. Falk spent several months in careful study of the construction of various institutions in the larger
Eastern cities, and in 1910 he perfected plans for one of the most modern hospitals in the West. In the Northern
California Hospital means for ventilation, sanitation, light and heat are incorporated to the highest degree known.
By the natural ventilating system the required three thousand cubic feet of fresh air are changed three times in
one hour; this being accomplished with an air current of less than three linear feet per second, without what is
known and recognized as a draught. In addition, the lower strata of air containing the contaminating organisms
are removed by means of an outlet in the form of a steel flue located near the floor. This method of ventilation
originated, so far as is known, with Dr. Falk and his father, E. H. Falk. The result is so perfect that it has
attracted wide attention, and is believed will play an important part in improved systems of ventilation in future.
Along the line of his profession Dr. Falk is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; is associated with the
Humboldt County, California State and American Medical Associations, while fraternally he is a charter member of
the Eureka Lodge, B. P. O. E.
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915
Humboldt County, CA
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