Strokes, space, and sportsmen: Peter Fentem
Peter Fentem was awarded a MBE for his services to stroke medicine
I developed a department based on an existing stroke research unit that was concerned with rehabilitation and staffed by academic therapists, physios, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists. It worked, and you can see the fruits of what we started in Nottingham because the rehabilitation part of stroke medicine has been incredibly successful in research terms. For a modest investment—less than a £100 000 (€119 000; $160 000)—it’s not worked out too badly at all.
In 1978 Walter Winterbottom was the director of the Sports Council and he went to the Department of Health and the minister of health at the time was David Owen, who was a doctor. He said that he knew of no evidence that exercise was of any value to anybody’s health but if there was any evidence Walter Winterbottom ought to go away to find it. He came to me and we then wrote a short research