In a nutshell: A quick survey of a serious health problem, followed by a description of the “Eureka!” moment when a fantastic new solution was discovered. The rest of the book is devoted to a plan for better health that includes the new solution.
The Problem, Breakthrough, Plan is well-suited to a health book that offers a great new idea that will help people suffering from a specific disease or condition.
The structure is used to great effect in the New York Times #1 bestseller, The Arthritis Cure. The first chapter introduces the problem (osteoarthritis) and briefly
explains why the current solution is inadequate. Chapter 2 offers background information to help the reader understand what follows. Chapter 3 delivers the punch: it introduces the new breakthrough products (glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate) and the studies that led to this discovery.
The rest of the book is devoted to helping the readers solve the problem. Chapter 4 presents an overview of the solution in the form of an 8-point program. Then each of the succeeding chapters focuses on a single aspect of that program. The final chapter wraps it all up and offers the readers encouragement. (“You can do it!”)
In short, a book with the Problem, Breakthrough, Plan structure is designed to be very practical and read from cover to cover. There is an intriguing chapter on the breakthrough that demonstrates its merit, and the rest of the book explains the program.
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