José Arce

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José Arce

José Arce (born October 15, 1881 in Lobería , † July 28, 1968 ) was an Argentine diplomat , doctor and professor of surgery .


Arce successfully completed his medical studies at the age of 21. From 1913 to 1920, from 1924 to 1928 and from 1934 to 1938 he was a member of the Argentine National Congress . In 1918 he became director of the surgical department and in 1922 president of the Universidad de Buenos Aires . He made a great contribution to the expansion of medical training in Argentina. Until 1941 he headed the Institute for Thoracic Surgery. Then he retired from medical teaching.

Arce was Argentina's ambassador to China and from 1946 to 1950 to the newly formed United Nations . During this time he represented Argentina in the UN Security Council in 1948/1949 and, as President of the UN General Assembly , chaired the second special session on the Palestine crisis in 1948.