ARGENTINA: The Doctor's Advice

Juan Perón has always been his own best oracle, particularly about his place in history. Recently, however, soothsayers around the 77-year-old Caudillo have been making their own predictions, mostly about his health. Perón suffers from heart disease, they say, or polyps in the bladder, or an ulcerous intestine. What Perón and his physicians discuss in private about his health is disturbingly close to the rumors. Last week TIME obtained the following reconstruction of a recent conversation between Perón and Dr. Alberto Taiana, Peronist Minister of Health and Education, and Pedro Cossio, an eminent Argentine heart specialist:

Perón: Tell me the...

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