Nursing. 15(4):43–45, APRIL 1985 Issn Print: 0360-4039 Publication Date: April 1985 Print DISCHARGING THE CRITICALLY PATIENT AGAINST MEDICAL ADVICE NELLIE SYMM;JOY TRAVIS; + Author Information Department of Emergency Medic in Scott and While Memorial Hospital and Clinic Temple. Texas Checking for direct PDF access through Ovid Abstract Chet had a life-threatening spinal cord injury. His doctor wanted to operate. His family wanted to take him home, saying his fate was “in the hands of God.” His nurses were caught in the middle.