Cold Iron Truth

Unlikely mentors


The proposed restrictions evaporated. I and many others have since devoted our research efforts to solidifying dermatology’s safety and quality record. Dr. Bechtel, professor of dermatology at Ohio State University, Columbus, is now secretary of the state medical board. At the last annual state meeting, I thanked the brigadier general, the former secretary of the medical board, for his unlikely mentorship. He smiled and we got our picture taken together.

Dr. Coldiron is in private practice but maintains a clinical assistant professorship at the University of Cincinnati. He cares for patients, teaches medical students and residents, and has several active clinical research projects. Dr. Coldiron is the author of more than 80 scientific letters, papers, and several book chapters, and he speaks frequently on a variety of topics. He is a past president of the American Academy of Dermatology. Write to him at


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