Medical Subject Headings

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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) is a way to keep track of for the purpose of journal articles and books in the life sciences; it can also serve as a thesaurus that makes searching easier. Created and updated by the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM), it is used by the MEDLINE/PubMed article database and by NLM's catalog of book holdings.

MeSH was introduced in 1963. The yearly printed version was discontinued in 2007 and MeSH is now available online only.[1] It can be browsed and downloaded free of charge through PubMed. Originally in English, MeSH has been translated into numerous other languages and allows retrieval of documents from different languages.

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  1. "Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Fact sheet". National Library of Medicine. 2005-05-27. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/mesh.html. Retrieved 2007-05-31.