Glen Dettman

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Glen Dettman

Glen Dettman (November 1921 – 11 October 1993) was an Australian pathologist and medical writer who, in 1950, founded the Oakleigh Pathology Service. He was the author of over 50 technical papers, 28 of which are listed on PubMed, and was awarded in 1978 the Australian Medal of Merit for outstanding scientific research. [1]

Education and career[edit]

After earning his B.A. and PhD at the Independent University of Australia[citation needed], in 1936 Dettman started his career as a laboratory technician trainee at the University of Melbourne's Veterinary Research Institute. Dettman joined the Australian Army Medical Corp on 17 Jan 1944, and was discharged a year later on 26 Jan 1945 as Staff Sergeant,[2] where he assisted with the original organisation of a blood bank and was involved with the initial use of penicillin. Dettman later served as a commissioned officer for the Australian army, where he tutored upon army health, with particular emphasis on the value of immunizations. At the time, he was a technical officer with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and his research activities included such fields as antibiotics, bovine mastitis, and staphylococcal studies, which yielded a modified staphylococcal vaccine.[1]

In 1950, Dettman founded the Oakleigh Pathology Service and was later elected as a Registered Pathology Practitioner. The Australasian College of Biomedical Science in 1969, appointed Dettman to head a research team to investigate the claims of Archie Kalokerinos in relation to immunization hazards and the efficacy of vitamin C. Kalokerinos' claims were that many infants were dying as the result of vitamin C deficiencies and that these deaths could be prevented by the injection of the vitamin. According to Kalokerinos, the vitamin C deficiencies could result from infections, gut disturbances including parasitic infestation and other immune insults including vaccination. Dettman's research substantiated Kalolerinos' claim that most of the children were vitamin C deficient, becoming a witness to the dramatic effect that injections of Vitamin C had in saving the lives of many young infants. Dettman's observations had such an impact, he became a firm believer in vitamin C and joined forces with Kalokerinos in promoting the benefits of vitamin C.[1]

Dettman was married to Nancy and fathered three children, Ian, Clive, and Robin.


  • Vitamin C: Nature's Miraculous Healing Missile!, with Ian Dettman and Archie Kalokerinos ISBN 0-646-11985-0


  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman I, Dettman G (1983). "Is calcium ascorbate preferable to sodium ascorbate?". Australasian Nurses Journal. 12 (1): 9. PMID 6555033.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman I, Dettman G (1982). "How much vitamin C should I take?". Australasian Nurses J. 11 (6): 8–9. PMID 6924854.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman I, Dettman G (1982). "Ascorbate—the proof of the pudding! A selection of case histories responding to ascorbate". Australasian Nurses J. 11 (2): 18–21. PMID 6920272.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman G (1981). "Rubella immunisation, a tangle of absurdities and some comments". Australasian Nurses J. 10 (11): 3–6. PMID 6917758.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman G (1981). "On your metal? Amazing zinc!". Australasian Nurses J. 10 (10): 22. PMID 6915775.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman G (1981). "Mumps" the word but you have yet another vaccine deficiency". Australasian Nurses J. 10 (6): 17–8. PMID 6914174.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman I, Dettman G (1981). "Vitamin C: the dangers of calcium and safety of sodium ascorbate". Australasian Nurses J. 10 (3): 22. PMID 6910420.
  • Dettman G, Kalokerinos A (1980). "Aboriginal health: the gentle art of deception". Australasian Nurses J. 10 (1): 14–5. PMID 6908523.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman G (1980). "Viral vaccines vital or vulnerable". Australasian Nurses J. 9 (9): 27–32. PMID 6904225.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman G (1980). "Joggers - beware". Australasian Nurses J. 9 (8): 22. PMID 6904216.
  • Cilento P, Kalokerinos A, Dettman I, Dettman G (1980). "Venomous bites and vitamin C status". Australasian Nurses J. 9 (6): 19. PMID 6902663.
  • Knafelc D, Kalokerinos A, Dettmann G (1980). "Disease etiology - a shock therapy". Australasian Nurses J. 9 (3): 18–20. PMID 6770812.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman G (1979). "On new ideas and a U.S. experience". Australasian Nurses J. 9 (1): 22–6. PMID 119534.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman G (1979). "Year of the child: don't be beguiled". Australasian Nurses J. 8 (6): 22–4. PMID 110305.
  • Dettman G (1978). "Vitamin C status of Melbourne infants". The Medical Journal of Australia. 2 (10): 490–1. PMID 739943.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman G (1978). "Vaccines: "who" benefits?". Australasian Nurses J. 7 (11): 15–6. PMID 100089.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman G (1978). "Does rubella vaccine protect?". The Australasian nurses journal. 7 (9): 1–4. PMID 96796.
  • Dettman G (1978). "Diabetes". The Australasian nurses journal. 7 (8): 10. PMID 96788.
  • Dettman G (1978). "Factor "X", sub-clinical scurvy and S.I.D.S. Historical. Part 1". The Australasian nurses journal. 7 (7): 2–5. PMID 418769.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman G (1977). "Vitamin C and the significance of that "wasted spillover"". The Australasian nurses journal. 7 (3): 19. PMID 244300.
  • Dettman G (1977). "A prelude to Aboriginal health". The Australasian nurses journal. 7 (2): 21–2. PMID 243448.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman G (1977). "The efficiency of immunisations". Australasian Nurses J. 6 (9): 15. PMID 587083.
  • Kalokerinos A, Dettman G (1976). "Sudden death in infancy syndrome in Western Australia". Med J Aust. 2 (1): 31–2. PMID 979792.
  • Wilbur SM, Dettman GL (1976). "A procedure for the quantitative separation of viable and non-viable P815X2 mastocytoma cells". Journal of immunological methods. 11 (3–4): 213–23. doi:10.1016/0022-1759(76)90114-9. PMID 819586.

Past memberships in learned societies[edit]

Reference source: [1]

  • Fellow of the Institute of Science Technology (UK)
  • Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Health (London)
  • Life Fellow Royal Microscopic Society (UK)
  • Fellow of The Australasian College of Biomedical Scientists
  • Fellow of The International Academy of Preventive Medicine
  • Fellow of The Hong Kong Medical Technologists Association
  • Life Fellow International Academy of Biological Medicine
  • Member of The American Society of Medical Technologists
  • Member of The Australian Institute of Medical Scientists
  • Member New York Academy of Sciences

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Dettman G, Kalokerinos A, Dettman I (1993). 'Vitamin C Nature's Miraculous Healing Missile!'. Frederick Todd – Melbourne 1993. ISBN 0-646-11985-0.
  2. ^ WW2 Nominal Roll

External links[edit]

  • - 'Dr. Glen Dettman: 1921 - 1993' (obituary), Oscar Falconi (October 13, 1994)