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Cataloging and Metadata Management: Using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) in Cataloging

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Diseases vs. Organisms

  • MeSH distinguishes between diseases and the organism that causes the disease
         Example:
    • Salmonella is a type of bacteria and is located in the B3 Organisms-Bacteria tree
    • The disease caused by Salmonella is Salmonella Infections located in the C (Diseases) tree
    • The MeSH annotation or scope note will generally link you from the organism to the disease

MeSH Heading for Bacteria Term

Screen capture of MeSH Browser showing record display for Yersinia with a red arrow pointing to Annotation infect equals Yersinia Infections but Yersinia Pestis infect equals plague. Annotation refers to two possible terms for infections


Corresponding Disease Term

Screen capture of MeSH Browser showing record display for Yersinia Infections with a red arrow pointing to Scope Note Infections with bacteria of the genus Yersinia. Scope note refers back to the bacteria term.


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