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I thank Dr Patten and the others for pointing out the reversal of the titles of both Tables 1 and 2 and the data results of the mean percentage improvement between the steroid and placebo groups. I welcome, however, the opportunity to clarify certain relevant points. "Total corrected scores" refers to raw scores that have been "corrected" by weighting, as explained under "Subjects and Methods." "Total" means "neurologic deficit" scores plus "consciousness" score.Initially, I calculated the improvement occurring in each patient's total score from day 1 to day 29, using the formulaD1—D29 ×100 D1 arriving at a "mean percentage improvement" for each group, steroid and placebo. No difference was found between the two groups.In case the weighting given to the level of consciousness was disproportionate, or in some way obscured a beneficial effect on the neurological disability, the two components were analyzed separately. No difference was noted
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