Dr. Pennell a medical doctor and missionary was stationed at the mission station of Bannu, on the Indian Frontier for 16 years. Travelling into hostile Afghan and Pakistani regions disguised as a vagabond.
Several chapters discuss Afghan traditions, the geography of the border region, and the prevalence of tribal feuds and conflicts, Afghan Mullahs and “Afghan Women.
Much of the work concerns Islamic customs and traditions, as practiced in Afghanistan and the Northwest Frontier Province. Pennell discusses his medical work, which included treating eye diseases, consumption (tuberculosis), and flesh and bone wounds suffered during the numerous blood feuds in which the local tribes engaged. He also discusses traditional medical practices, which included the nearly universal use of charms and amulets, and two widely used treatments, dzan and dam.
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