Sir John Crofton dies at 97; doctor pioneered combination therapy to treat tuberculosis

Sir John Crofton, a physician who is credited with saving millions of lives by pioneering the use of cocktails of antibiotics to treat tuberculosis -- a concept that has subsequently been applied to treating a variety of other diseases, particularly cancer and AIDS -- died Nov. 3 at his home in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was 97. A specialist in diseases of the lungs, Crofton later turned his attention to battling smoking at home in Scotland and around the world, co-founding ASH-UK (Action on Smoking and Health) and ASH-Scotland. His inexpensive books on tuberculosis and smoking have become field manuals for battling lung diseases around the world. When Crofton joined Royal Brompton Hospital...