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The psychobiologic unit is the feeling-acting-thinking person, the living man as contrasted, on the one hand, with the cadaver and, on the other, with a sensitive-responsive part of a person, e. g., the heart or the stomach. In brief, the psychobiologic unit is the person as he is busied with his work, his pleasure, his rest, his growth and creativeness, his safety or whatever else may occupy him.
It is hard to be so simple as to conceive of the psychobiologic unit as nothing more or less than a functioning person, since the concepts of the functioning person vary greatly, depending on differences in the orientation, experience and life interests of the observer. At the one extreme, one finds the primitive, naive, unanalyzed concept which takes the person at face value, undisturbed by scientific or mystic inquiry with its revelations or presumptions of internal or partial structure and function and
STEVENSON GS. THE PSYCHOBIOLOGIC UNIT AS A PATTERN OF COMMUNITY FUNCTION. Arch NeurPsych. 1937;37(4):742-747. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1937.02260160042004