DS9 "In the Cards":
GIGER: Doctor Bathkin of Andros Three was the first to come up with the answer to solving the puzzle of death. Keep the cells energised. Keep them in the game by teaching them new mitochondrial tricks. Unfortunately, before he could finish his work, Doctor Bathkin died in a shuttle accident. Or so they say. And while the soulless minions of orthodoxy refuse to follow up on his important research, I could hear the clarion call of destiny ringing in my ears. And now, after fifteen years of tireless effort, after being laughed at and hounded out of the halls of the scientific establishment, after begging and scrounging for materials across half the galaxy, I have nearly completed work on this. The Cellular Regeneration and Entertainment Chamber.
I was searching around trying to figure out what this reference was to. I found an alternative DVD commentary site, some references to Keynesian stuff, etc. but nothing definitive or that pre-dates the airing of this episode.
Usually when they throw phrases like this into a ST episode it's a reference to something specific, a joke, etc.
Does anybody know what "the soulless minions of orthodoxy" is a reference to?