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”
MM Other branches of medicine
MMZ Therapy and therapeutics
Use for disorders and therapies not listed separately. See also: MJCL1 “Radiotherapy”; MJCL2 “Chemotherapy”; MMJT “Psychotherapy”; MQS “Physiotherapy”; MQT “Occupational therapy”
MMZD Eating disorders and therapy
MMZF Obesity: treatment and therapy
MMZL Speech and language disorders and therapy
MMZR Addiction and therapy
MMZS Sleep disorders and therapy

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