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”
MQ Nursing and ancillary services
MQC Nursing
MQCL Nursing specialities
MQCL1 Accident and emergency nursing
MQCL2 Intensive care nursing
MQCL3 Paediatric nursing
MQCL4 Geriatric nursing
MQCL5 Psychiatric nursing
MQCL6 Surgical nursing
MQCL9 Terminal care nursing


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