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Dwight D. Eisenhower examining a commemorative gavel given to him by the Pan American Medical Association as a group of men look on.

Typed caption beneath the photograph reads: "President Eisenhower examines the gavel of the Pan American Medical Association presented to him by a delegation of eminent members, headed by Prof. Dr. Alfonso Asenjo of Santiago, Chile, Pama President (right), and Dr. Joseph J. Eller, Director General (left). The gavel was made from a piece of wood from each of the 22 nations of the western hemisphere and symbolizes the welding together of American Nations through medicine. The Delegation met with President Eisenhower at The White House, October 9, 1959, to discuss the forthcoming medical congress to be held in Mexico City, May 2-11, 1960.

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