The Reuters story leaves out some details. The doctor had drugged the woman before starting to euthanize her, and instructed the family to hold the struggling patient down.
The pathogen I mean is a cultural pandemic, the embrace of doctor-prescribed suicide and of administered homicide.
When organ-transplant medicine was launched, a wary society was solemnly promised that organs would be taken only from the dead.
Meanwhile, to the applause of many bioethicists, the ACLU has mounted repeated lawsuits against Catholic hospitals.
Physicist Frank Tipler, as I noted earlier today, provocatively personalizes the Singularity, the beginning point or moment from which the universe burst forth.