Pruen’s account of life and its stresses in Equatorial East Africa still has the capacity to open the eyes of those unfamiliar with conditions in Africa. A medical missionary concerned with the role slave trade, Islam, and Christian missionaries played in the lives of these people, Pruen left this narrative of his personal observations.
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Based on his life experience as a medical missionary, Pruen wrote his account of life in East Africa with an uncommon eye toward the people of the region. Describing with an anthropologist’s detail the land, climate, flora, and fauna of the area, Pruen considers the people and their daily life and habits. As a medical doctor he was particularly interested in the diseases and stresses of the lives of the East Africans. Another major concern displayed is the slave trade and how it affected the populace of Equatorial East Africa. The impact of Arabs and missionaries concludes this period piece of lasting interest.
Septimus Tristram Pruen (d. 1936) was an Anglican medical missionary to British and German East Africa. He worked out of the Christian Missionary Society station at Mpwapwa in Tanzania.