The concept of detached concern, as proposed by Renée Fox in Experiment Perilous (1959), is often used in the literature today in a way she did not intend. Rather than viewing detachment and concern as dualities, scholars frequently conceive of them as dichotomous, emphasizing detachment over concern. We reconsider detached concern here through the stories 37 intensive-care nurses told about their most memorable patients. While many described efforts to keep emotionally distant from patients, they also expressed concern for patients they felt connected to, especially those who were a first for them, who were long-term primary patients, who surprised them, or who died. The care nurses provide for these patients is shaped sociologically by their training and institutional contexts and is not an aberration or indicative of their losing control of their feelings. Instead, it is evidence of the dual nature of detached concern and of the importance of viewing the concept as describing more than emotional detachment.