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Musculoskeletal System

Classify general works on the musculoskeletal system and its diseases in children in WS 270.

  • Classify works on musculoskeletal disease nursing in WY 157.6.
  • Classify works on nursing of patients with specific diseases in WY also.


  WE 1-141 Reference Works. General Works
  WE 168-190 Orthopedics. Reconstructive Orthopedics. Bone Transplantation
  WE 200-259 Bones
  WE 300-400 Joint Tissues
  WE 500-600 Muscles and Tendons
  WE 700-715 Head and Trunk
  WE 720-755 Back
  WE 800-886 Extremities
      WE 800 General Extremities
      WE 805-835 Upper Extremity
      WE 850-886 Lower Extremity
  WE 890 Podiatry

Reference Works. General Works

WE 1
Organizations. Societies (General or not elsewhere classified) (Cutter from name of organization or society)
(Used for both monographs and serials)
Includes membership lists issued serially or separately. Classify directories in WE 22. Classify annual reports, journals, etc. in W1. For academies and institutes, see WE 23-24.
Collected works (General)
WE 5
By several authors
WE 7
By individual authors
WE 9
Addresses. Essays. Lectures (General)
WE 11
History (Table G)
WE 11.1
General coverage (Not Table G)
WE 13
Dictionaries. Encyclopedias
(Used for both monographs and serials)
WE 15
Classification. Terminology
(Used for both monographs and serials)
WE 16
Tables. Statistics
(Used for both monographs and serials)
WE 17
Atlases. Pictorial works
Classify atlases limited to a particular part of the system here also.
WE 18
Classify here works about education.
WE 18.2
Educational materials
(Used for both monographs and serials)
Classify here educational materials, e.g., outlines, questions and answers, programmed instruction, computer-assisted instruction, etc., regardless of format. Classify textbooks, regardless of format, by subject.
WE 19
Schools, departments and faculties of orthopedics
(Used for both monographs and serials)
WE 20
Research (General)
Classify here works about research in general. Classify works about research on a particular subject by subject.
WE 21
Orthopedics as a profession. Osteology as a profession. Ethics. Peer review
WE 22
Directories (Table G)
(Used for both monographs and serials)
WE 22.1
General coverage (Not Table G)
(Used for both monographs and serials)
Laboratories, academies, institutes, etc.
WE 23
WE 24
Individual (Cutter from name of institution)
WE 25
Laboratory manuals. Technique
WE 26
Equipment and supplies
Classify catalogs in W 26. Classify works on bone plates and screws in WE 185.
WE 26.5
Informatics. Automatic data processing. Computers (General)
Classify works on use for special subjects by subject.
Hospitals, clinics, dispensaries, etc.
WE 27
Collective (Table G)
WE 27.1
General coverage (Not Table G)
WE 28
Individual (Cutter from name of hospital) (Table G)
Museums, exhibitions, etc.
WE 28.5
WE 28.6
Individual (Cutter from name of museum, etc.)
WE 32
Laws (Table G)
(Used for both monographs and serials)
WE 32.1
General coverage (Not Table G)
(Used for both monographs and serials)
WE 33
Discussion of law (Table G)
(Used for both monographs and serials)
WE 33.1
General coverage (Not Table G)
(Used for both monographs and serials)
WE 39
Handbooks. Resource guides
(Used for both monographs and serials)
WE 100
General works
Classify works on specialty and on the specialty and diseases here. Classify works on diseases alone in WE 140.
WE 101
Anatomy. Histology. Embryology (General)
WE 102
Physiology. Biochemistry
WE 103
Physical exertion
WE 104
Kinesthesis. Weight perception
WE 140
Diseases (General)
WE 141
Examination. Diagnosis. Diagnostic methods. Monitoring
Classify material on a single organ with the organ.

Orthopedics. Reconstructive Orthopedics. Bone Transplantation

WE 168
Orthopedics (General or not elsewhere classified)
Classify works on orthopedics as a profession in WE 21.
WE 170
WE 172
Prosthesis. Prosthesis implantation (General)
Classify catalogs in W 26.
WE 175
Fractures (General). Dislocations. Sprains
WE 180
Bone fractures
For osteoporotic fractures see WE 250.
WE 182
Open fractures
WE 185
Fracture fixation
WE 190
Bone transplantation. Traction


WE 200
Bone and bones (General)
Include works on structure and function of bones in general. Classify works on specific bones with part or system involved.
WE 225
Bone diseases
Classify works on eosinophilic granuloma in WH 650.
WE 250
Congenital abnormalities. Disorders of metabolism, growth, or development
Classify works on abnormalities of specific bones or regions with the bone or region. Classify works on systemic metabolic disorders involving the bones in WD 200-205.5.
WE 251
Osteomyelitis and other infectious diseases
WE 253
Bone and joint tuberculosis
WE 258
Neoplasms. Cysts
Classify works on neoplasms of specific bones by site.
WE 259
Osteochondritis. Osteochondrosis

Joint Tissues

WE 300
Joints. Ligaments. Synovial membranes and fluid. Cartilage
Classify works on specific joints by site.
WE 304
Joint diseases
WE 312
Surgery (including arthrodesis and arthroplasty) (General)
WE 344
WE 346
Rheumatoid arthritis. Ankylosis
Cf. WU 140 Temporomandibular joint ankylosis; WE 725 Ankylosing spondylitis.
WE 348
Degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis
WE 350
WE 400

Muscles and Tendons

WE 500
Muscles. Fascia
Include works on structure and function. Classify works on diseases in general in WE 550. Classify works on specific muscles with part or system involved.
WE 510
Trigger points
WE 544
Myositis. Fibrositis. Rheumatism
WE 545
Classify works on muscle contraction in WE 500; on muscle cramp and myoclonus in WE 550.
WE 550
Muscular diseases. Neuromuscular diseases
Classify works on neuromuscular diseases of the eye in WW 400-475.
WE 555
Myasthenia gravis
WE 559
Muscular dystrophies
WE 600
Tendons. Tendon sheaths

Head and Trunk

WE 700
Head and trunk
WE 705
Head. Face
Cf. WU 101 works for the dentist. Classify works on the jaw in WU; on the temporal bone written for the otolaryngologist in WV 201.
WE 706
Classify works on bone and soft tissue injuries of the face and skull here; classify works which include brain injury at WL 354.
WE 707
Neoplasms (Head and neck)
WE 708
WE 715
Thorax. Ribs
Classify material on anatomy and physiology here as well as that on bone disorders and malformations. Classify material on diseases of organs or systems within the thoracic cavity, as well as thoracic surgery, in WF.


WE 720
WE 725
Spine. Vertebrae
Cf. Spinal cord WL 400-403; classify works on lumbar and sacral vertebrae in WE 750; on spinal tuberculosis in WE 253.
WE 730
Congenital anomalies
(e.g., Spinal dysraphism)
WE 735
(e.g., Scoliosis. Kyphosis. Lordosis)
WE 740
Intervertebral discs
WE 750
Lumbosacral region. Sacrococcygeal region. Pelvis
WE 755
Low back pain. Sciatica


General Extremities

WE 800

Upper Extremity

WE 805
Upper extremity
WE 810
Shoulder. Upper arm
WE 812
WE 820
Elbow. Forearm
WE 830
Wrist. Hand
WE 832
Hand infections
WE 835
Fingers. Toes

Lower Extremity

WE 850
Lower extremity
Classify works on varicose veins in WG 620.
WE 855
Hip. Upper leg
WE 860
Hip joint
WE 865
Femur. Thigh
WE 870
Knee. Lower leg
WE 880
Ankle. Foot
Classify works on toes in WE 835.
WE 883
(e.g., Clubfoot)
WE 886
Flat feet


WE 890

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