Purple Cloud Podcast: Daoists and Doctors: Michael Stanley-Baker

Michael Stanley-Baker

Michael is a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, jointly appointed by the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge. He graduated from University College London with a PhD in the History of Medicine, and also holds a clinical degree in Chinese medicine. Michael investigates therapeutic diversity in early medieval China (220-589 CE), and also serves as the treasurer for IASTAM, the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine, the foremost practitioner/scholar organisation for studying medical traditions across Asia.

In this episode Daniel interviews Michael Stanley-Baker about his in depth study of the spiritual and medical practices of the Shang Qing school of Daoism. The podcast delves into the relationship between religion and medicine, the visualisation and meditation techniques of the Shan Qing practitioners and touches on the roles of played by important figures such as Ge Hong and Tao Hong Jing. Listen to the show here!

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