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

Module 5—Qualifiers (Subheadings)


Common Qualifier Coordinations

  • When it is known that Disease A causes Disease B
    • 650 _2 $a Disease A $x complications
    • 650 _2 $a Disease B $x etiology

  • When two diseases are associated, but cause and effect is not established
    • 650 _2 $a Disease A $x complications
    • 650 _2 $a Disease B $x complications

  • When a drug or technique causes an adverse reaction
    • 650 _2 $a Disease $x chemically induced
    • 650 _2 $a Drug $x adverse effects
      OR
    • 650 _2 $a Disease $x etiology
    • 650 _2 $a Technique $x adverse effects

  • Use of a particular drug in treatment of a disease
    • 650 _2 $a Disease $x drug therapy
    • 650 _2 $a Drug $x therapeutic use

  • The effect of a drug on an organ or organism
    • 650 _2 $a Organ $x metabolism
    • 650 _2 $a Drug $x pharmacology
      OR
    • 650 _2 $a Organism $x metabolism
    • 650 _2 $a Drug $x pharmacology

  • If using the qualifier mortality on a topical descriptor coordinate with a geographical descriptor using the qualifier epidemiology if relevant
    • 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



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