BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
M Medicine
See also: VFD “Popular medicine and health”
MB Medicine: general issues
MF Pre-clinical medicine: basic sciences
See also: PSB “Biochemistry”
MJ Clinical and internal medicine
MM Other branches of medicine
MN Surgery
For oral and maxilliofacial surgery, use MMDS “Oral and maxilliofacial surgery”
MQ Nursing and ancillary services
MR Medical study and revision guides and reference material
MX Complementary medicine
Note: use MX* codes for works for medical students and professionals only; see VXH “Complementary therapies, healing and health” and following for MBS and popular treatments
MZ Veterinary medicine

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