Biography of Dr. Charles C. Falk
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





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.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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