Figure 6: The effect of vertical shifts in the TSH curves, induced by primary thyroid dysfunction, on the points of intersection of the physiological curves. On account of these changes the T4 curves in the hypothyroid and hyperthyroid ranges do not intersect with the extensions of the TSH curves of the normal range (these extensions are shown as dashed lines) and therefore the slope of the population curve increases. The extensions of the TSH curves into the normal range from the regions of thyroid dysfunction are also shown as dashed lines to indicate that they do not normally exist in this range. The red line is the population curve as per Hadlow et al. [4].