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”
MJ Clinical and internal medicine
MJA Medical diagnosis
MJC Diseases and disorders
MJD Cardiovascular medicine
MJE Musculoskeletal medicine
See also: MNS “Orthopaedics and fractures”
MJF Haematology
MJG Endocrinology
MJH Gastroenterology
MJJ Hepatology
MJK Dermatology
MJL Respiratory medicine
MJM Rheumatology
MJN Neurology and clinical neurophysiology
MJP Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)
MJQ Ophthalmology
MJR Renal medicine and nephrology
MJS Urology and urogenital medicine
Class here: impotence, male sexual dysfunction
MJT Gynaecology and obstetrics
MJW Paediatric medicine
MJX Geriatric medicine
MJZ Gene therapy

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