LBJ displays his gall bladder scar to reporters after surgery that occurred this week 1965: #AP Image
LBJ’s gall-bladder scar depicted as Vietnam in this cartoon by David Levine: Image
After LBJ displayed his gall-bladder scar for reporters, some wag joked that it was a good thing the President hadn’t been suffering from hemorrhoids.
Lady Bird Johnson in mask at time of LBJ’s gall bladder surgery, Bethesda Naval Hospital (now Walter Reed), October 1965: #LBJL Image

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