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

Common Subheading Coordinations

  • When epidemiology, ethnology or mortality are used with a disease term, also add the qualifier epidemiology to the pertinent geographic term
    • A work on mortality statistics for RNA virus infections in Japan
      • 650 _2 $a RNA Virus Infections $x mortality
      • 651 _2 $a Japan $x epidemiology

Special Instructions

  • $x ethnology
    • In addition to being used with diseases for ethnic, cultural, or anthropological aspects, use with geographic headings to indicate the place of origin for a group of people living outside their native land
  • Use $x epidemiology with a geographic heading to indicate diseases in the place an ethnic group is currently living


  • A work on alcoholism in Inuits living in Alaska
    • 650 _2 $a Alcoholism $x ethnology
    • 650 _2 $a Inuits
    • 651 _2 $a Alaska $x epidemiology
  • A work on obesity in Pakistanis living in England
    • 650 _2 $a Obesity $x ethnology
    • 651 _2 $a Pakistan $x ethnology
    • 651 _2 $a England $x epidemiology