|“||I'm really sorry for you, son, it's a hell of a thing.||„|
|—Barnes diagnosing Arthur with Tuberculosis.|
Dr. Joseph R. Barnes is a physician that practices medicine in Saint Denis, running a clinic. As well as this, he also mentions he has a family to provide for.
Events of Red Dead Redemption 2
While going to meet Sadie Adler in Saint Denis, Arthur starts coughing violently in the streets of Saint Denis and soon becomes unconscious. When he regains consciousness, the Good Samaritan escorts him to Barnes' clinic. Once Arthur is there, Dr. Barnes examines Arthur's tongue and his breathing, before diagnosing him with Tuberculosis. After giving Arthur his condolences and asking him if he has a place to rest, Dr. Barnes injects him with something to give him more energy before Arthur exits the clinic.
If the player returns to Barnes' clinic after being diagnosed with Tuberculosis, Dr. Barnes will ask Arthur how he feels. Additionally, in a random encounter, the player can save a stranger who randomly passes out, outside of Saint Denis, by rushing him to Dr. Barnes. Barnes will then anesthetize the man, amputate the infected arm, and tie it up. If Arthur has Tuberculosis during this encounter, Dr. Barnes will tell him he should not be doing this and advises him to go and rest.
Barnes's fateful diagnosis of Arthur is one of the lines he reflects upon during his last ride.
Barnes is a brisk and matter-of-fact doctor who isn't afraid to get his hands dirty, wasting no time sawing a man's arm off until he's drenched from head to toe in blood. While he is empathetic towards his patients, he's ultimately very money-driven, though he claims it's just so he can provide for his family. He refuses to do a check-up on Arthur before he pays him, even though he's having a violent tubercular episode, and isn't shy to remind a mauled-half-to-death man he owes him while performing surgery on him.
Barnes looks to be somewhere in his 50's, with short grey hair and a beard. He's neatly dressed in white dress clothes, a grey vest, and a blue bow-tie. He's also bespectacled and has a habit of smoking his pipe.
Red Dead Redemption 2