Here is an important reference work that has just been released by the Chiropractic Library Consortium (CLIBCON), creators of the Index to Chiropractic Literature.
The fifth edition of ChiroSH (Chiropractic Subject Headings) is largely the work of two librarians, Ann Kempke of Northwestern Health Sciences University, and Bethyn Boni of New York Chiropractic College. ChiroSH is meticulously researched and edited and, in my opinion, will be a valuable resource for both the chiropractic profession and the public. Currently no reliable dictionary or glossary exists for chiropractic, and ChiroSH helps fill this gap by providing scope notes for a large number of the terms used by chiropractors.
Chiropractic Library Consortium. Chiropractic Subject Headings (ChiroSH). 5th edition. Editors: Ann Kempke, Bethyn Boni. CLIBCON, 2006.
From the introduction:
Chiropractic Subject Headings (ChiroSH) 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 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 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.
See also Glossaries for Medical Education & Health [SACME]
Filed under: Chiropractic/CAM