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 www.bic.org.uk.

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”
MN Surgery
For oral and maxilliofacial surgery, use MMDS “Oral and maxilliofacial surgery”
MNB Surgical techniques
MNC General surgery
MNG Gastrointestinal and colorectal surgery
MNH Cardiothoracic surgery
MNJ Vascular surgery
MNK Surgical oncology
MNL Critical care surgery
MNN Neurosurgery
MNP Plastic and reconstructive surgery
MNQ Transplant surgery
MNS Orthopaedics and fractures
MNZ Peri-operative care


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