California Health and Safety Code

Sec. § 24174

As used in this chapter, “medical experiment” means:


The severance or penetration or damaging of tissues of a human subject or the use of a drug or device, as defined in Section 109920 or 109925, electromagnetic radiation, heat or cold, or a biological substance or organism, in or upon a human subject in the practice or research of medicine in a manner not reasonably related to maintaining or improving the health of the subject or otherwise directly benefiting the subject.


The investigational use of a drug or device as provided in Sections 111590 and 111595.


Withholding medical treatment from a human subject for any purpose other than maintenance or improvement of the health of the subject.

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