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Business and Professions Code Section 2052 states that any person who practices or attempts to practice or who advertises or holds him/herself out as practicing any system or mode of treating the sick or afflicted or who diagnoses, treats, operates for or prescribes for any ailment, blemish, deformity, disease, disfigurement, disorder, injury or other physical or mental condition without having at the time of so doing, a valid, unrevoked, or unsuspended certificate as provided in this chapter or without being authorized to perform the act pursuant to a certificate obtained in accordance with some other provision of law is guilty of a public offense, punishable by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code, by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both the fin and either imprisonment.
Section 2054 also adds that any person who uses in any sign, business card, or letterhead, or, in an advertisement, the words “doctor” or “physician”, the letters “Dr.,” the initials “M.D.,” or any other terms or letters indicating or implying that he/she is a physician and surgeon, physician, surgeon, or practitioner under the terms of this or any other law, or that he or she is entitled to practice hereunder, or who represents or holds himself or herself out as a physician and surgeon, physician, surgeon, or practitioner under the terms of this or any other law, without having at the time of so doing a valid, unrevoked, and unsuspended certificate as a physician and surgeon under this chapter, is guilty of misdemeanor.
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