For many months, President Juan Domingo Perón had had trouble with his teeth. His dentist, Dr. Carlos Elbio de Oliva Paz, had not been much help. Oliva Paz and Perón had been good friends. Perhaps that was why Perón overlooked the fact that his dentist's claim to have studied in the U.S. was not a matter of record, and that the police had once arrested him for practicing without a license.

Last summer, Oliva Paz took time off and went to the U.S. on an official mission to buy cars for top brass. In Washington, he saw President Harry Truman, presented...

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