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November 7, 2012

Time for a Creative Transformation of Epidemiology in the United States

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Office of the Director, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Maryland.

JAMA. 2012;308(17):1804-1805. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.14838

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)