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ABSTRACT

1.INTRODUCTION

2.BASIC RADIATIVE TRANSFER

3.HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGING FACILITIES

4.THE STRUCTURE OF THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM OF THE GALAXY
4.1.The Composition of the ISM
4.2.The Structure and Phases of the ISM
4.3.Models Describing the ISM

5.THE ISM IN NEARBY GALAXIES
5.1.The Magellanic Clouds
5.2.Messier 31
5.3.Messier 33
5.4.IC10 and IC1613
5.5.M101 and NGC 6946
5.6.Edge-on Galaxies

6.FORWARD LOOK

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