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Chiropractic Subject Headings

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Edited by Ann Kempke, Technical Services Librarian, Northwestern Health Sciences University and Bethyn A. Boni, Library Director, New York Chiropractic College the Chiropractic Subject Headings (ChiroSH)[1] is a thesaurus developed by librarians at chiropractic college libraries, intended for use by indexers for the Index to Chiropractic Literature (ICL) and by catalogers at chiropractic and natural health sciences libraries. The first draft of the thesaurus was developed from the subject authority files of the Texas Chiropractic College and Northwestern College of Chiropractic libraries, the subject thesaurus included in the first volume of CRAC: Chiropractic Research Abstracts Collection, and the subject lists included in ICL.

ChiroSH[1] is intended to be used in conjunction with the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), published by the National Library of Medicine. Several ChiroSH headings are based upon MeSH headings, but most ChiroSH[1] headings are unique to this thesaurus. Chiropractic terms with established medical headings are provided with “See” references to direct users to MeSH, where they will find scope notes, accepted subheadings (qualifiers), and cross references.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kempke, A; Boni, BA (2009). Chiropractic Subject Headings (Sixth Edition ed.). Chiropractic Library Consortium. 

External Links

  1. Medical Subject Headings (MESH)
  2. Index to Chiropractic Literature (ICL)