"Curious = Eager to learn; inquisitive..."
This is the word chosen by Dr. Falk to describe his fellow family doctors who, like himself, had an interest in doing medical research based on their practices. Family doctors are uniquely situated to study disease in that they care for patients of all ages, often for all members of a family or an extended family, for all conditions, from the onset of symptoms to their resolution.
His interest led him to a Nuffield Fellowship that took him to Britain, Europe, Jerusalem, Australia and New Zealand to meet and exchange ideas with other family doctors involved in research work. That was in 1965, before an organized support system for research was available in Canada.
Stimulated by this experience, Dr. Falk has served as chairman of research committees of The College of Family Physicians of Canada in both British Columbia and Alberta, and as chairman of the National Research Committee of The College, and also of the Research Committee of the World Organization of General Practitioners (WONCA). He has received the Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College of General Practitioners (Britain), and the Queen's Jubilee Medal.
Dr. Falk practised in Victoria, B.C., for 25 years before undertaking a two-year program in Health Services Planning at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. He then joined the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary, Alberta, in 1978. He retired in 1987.
In this book he seeks to recognize and record the work of the pioneers in family practice research in Canada between the years 1950-1975.