Recently a WeChat post about a newly-opened barbeque joint has gained more than 100,000 views in under an hour.
The restaurant is located near Xizhimen in Beijing, and all of its owners have graduated from the medical schools of China’s top two universities, Peking University and Tsinghua University. The professionals named their restaurant, The Lancet, after the world’s oldest and best-known general medical journal.
The Lancet offers a special discount that you don’t often see at your neighborhood BBQ joint: if you’ve published an academic article as the first or corresponding author which has been picked up by the SCI (Science Citation Index), SSCI (Social Sciences Citation Index) or CSSCI (Chinese Social Sciences Citation Index) in the last five years, then you can get up to 30% off. The way that they calculate your exact discount is: total price – (impact factor of your article x 10).
Dr. Wang Jian first came up with the idea for the restaurant after a doctor friend of his fell ill and couldn’t pay for his own medical bills. It might surprise you to learn that in China, most doctors are not well paid, even after spending eight years in school getting their PhD.
“I needed to find other sources of income so that I can be a doctor without worrying about making ends meet,” Dr. Wang told a reporter.
One night, on his way home after working the night shift, Dr. Wang spotted a worker at a local barbeque restaurant recycling gutter oil. Afterward, he decided to open up his own BBQ joint, which would not use recycled oil from the gutter.
Along with the ban on gutter oil, The Lancet also has rules against ingredients staying out overnight. Dr. Cheng Si, one of the co-founders, said that as doctors their mission is to save people’s lives and preserve their health.
On October 15th, none other than Dr William Summerskill, the executive editor of The Lancet journal, unexpectedly showed up, waiting in line to get his order. Dr. Summerskill said he was extremely excited about the place. “Now we can tell the authors who get their papers published on The Lancet that they can get a free meal at The Lancet BBQ restaurant!” he said.
Take a look around The Lancet below:
By Alex Tang
[Images via Guancha / Dianping]
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