Author Affiliations: Office of the Director, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Maryland.
The late US Senator (D, KY) and Vice President Alben Barkley enjoyed telling the story of his encounter with a disgruntled constituent. “‘I recalled how I had helped get an access road built to his farm, how I had visited him in a military hospital . . . , how I had assisted in securing him veteran benefits, . . . how I had got him a disaster loan. . . . Surely you remember all these things I have done for you?’ ‘Yeah,’ the fellow said, ‘I remember. But what have you done for me lately?’”1(pp84,85)
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