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


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

  • In this example, the annotation on the record for Yersinia refers to two possible choices for infection

Screen capture of MeSH Browser showing Annotation on the record for Yersinia refers to two possible choices for infection.

Corresponding Disease

  • The scope note on Yersinia Infections refers back to Yersinia

Screen capture of MeSH Browser showing the scope note on Yersinia Infections refers back to Yersinia.


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