Former American Medical Association President Yank Coble Jr. was inaugurated as president of the World Medical Association at its general assembly in Tokyo. Coble, an endocrinologist from Neptune Beach, Fla., who served as AMA president in 2002-03, becomes the top elected official of a worldwide organization that represents more than 8 million physicians in 80 countries. In his inaugural address, Coble emphasized the need for increasing access to care, uniting physicians, promoting ethics and maintaining a commitment to science. "That is the heart of my message today: That everything we do, we do for our patients," he told an audience of about 400 delegates from 40 countries. -- by Michael Romano
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