Jerry Morris: The man who invented exercise

cardiac rehabilitationJerry Morris, a Glasgow-educated epidemiologist who recently died aged 99, has been credited as “the man who invented exercise”.

His research was vital in showing the links between exercise and health. In 1948, he helped found the Medical Research Council’s social medicine unit. His work focused on coronary heart disease and physical activity and infant mortality. Later, in the 1950s, Jerry’s book Uses of Epidemiology was used as a blueprint for public health activities and influenced the reform of health and social services under the Labour governments.

Here at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Health and Social Care, Dr Morag Thow is doing vital work in the investigation of cardiac rehabilitation.

Scotland has one of the highest levels of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease in the UK and the world. Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is the key method of providing secondary prevention and
improving prognosis and quality of live for those who survive a cardiac event. In 1985 the first comprehensive exercise-based programme in Scotland was established in Glasgow. Glasgow Caledonian University  established the first Masters cardiac rehabilitation education programme for clinical specialists in 1998. Learn more about our work here.

The School of Health and Social Care at Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to developing professionally relevant training, which is responsive to local, national and international developments within healthcare provision. HealthQWest, an innovative £4.9million research consortium based at higher education institutions and the health services across the west of Scotland, was launched at Glasgow Caledonian University.

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